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Scottish Secretary visits growing Dumfries firm

The Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP, has visited Dumfries Timber Company Group to discuss the role of builders merchants in the construction supply chain and the wider economy.

Scottish Secretary visits growing Dumfries firm

In a visit arranged by the Builders Merchants Federation Mundell met with staff and discussed careers in construction generally, and merchanting in particular. He heard about recent initiatives to take on more apprenticeships and attract young people into the industry.

He said: “I was delighted to pay a visit to Dumfries Timber Group to show my support for the work they do. Donald and his team are running a fantastic operation and they are making significant investment in the local area as well as taking on apprentices. The building and construction trades’ continue to play a key role across this region and Dumfries Timber Group are at the heart of this”.

Donald Young, Managing Director of Dumfries Timber Company Group said: “Nine years ago, Dumfries Timber Group was a fledgling business with just 6 employees. Over time, we have expanded our operation in Dumfries and Irvine. We were pleased to welcome the Minister to our timber and building materials’ business in our home town, and showed him that merchanting offers rewarding, long-term career opportunities. We shall continue to invest in our people, premises and products to serve customers throughout South Western Scotland”.

Brett Amphlett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at the Builders Merchants Federation added: “Builders merchants represent 10% of the total construction output in the UK, and local merchants such as Dumfries Timber Company Group play a huge part in local economies, for example by providing employment and offering credit to local builders. The BMF is delighted that the Minister has recognised the importance of our sector in his visit today.”

Dumfries Timber Company Group is an independently owned group of businesses selling a full range of building materials. Later this year they will be opening a brand new home improvement centre in the town which includes a 3,000 square foot kitchens and fitted bedroom showroom.

ENDS

BMF Contacts

Christine Wall

Marketing and Communications Manager

(024) 7685 4982 and (07885) 281881

christine.wall@bmf.org.uk

Brett Amphlett

Policy and Public Affairs’ Manager

(020) 3581 1313

brett.amphlett@bmf.org.uk

Notes to editors

The Builders Merchants Federation Ltd (BMF) is the only trade association representing and protecting the interests of builders’ merchants and suppliers to the merchanting industry in the UK. Total membership at 1 April 2016 stands at 510 merchant and supplier companies who together have combined sales in excess of £17.5bn and employ 95,000 people in the building materials industry. BMF’s 300+ merchant members operate almost 4,500 branches across the UK.

Captions For Photographs (sent separately to this);

6th April 004RS = Colin Cameron (Operations Director, Dumfries Timber Group), Rt Hon David Mundell MP (Secretary of State for Scotland) and Donald Young (Managing Director, Dumfries Timber Group);

6th April 019RS = Colin Cameron (Operations Director, Dumfries Timber Group), Brett Amphlett (Policy & Public Affairs’ Manager, BMF), Rt Hon David Mundell MP (Secretary of State for Scotland), Donald Young (Managing Director, Dumfries Timber Group) and Graham Bolton (Regional Manager, BMF);

DSCF2582 = Graeme Thomson (Sales Executive, Dumfries Timber Group), Rt Hon David Mundell MP (Secretary of State for Scotland) and Donald Young (Managing Director, Dumfries Timber Group);

IMG_0115 = Rt Hon David Mundell MP (Secretary of State for Scotland) hears from Brett Amphlett (Policy & Public Affairs’ Manager, BMF) and Donald Young (Managing Director, Dumfries Timber Group) about the manufacturer-merchant-installer route to market

IMG_0127 = Brett Amphlett (Policy & Public Affairs’ Manager, BMF), Rt Hon David Mundell MP (Secretary of State for Scotland) and Donald Young (Managing Director, Dumfries Timber Group) discussing the thermal benefits of fitting PIR insulation board

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