Dumfries health-related firm established to develop new careers many thanks to South of Scotland Business grant

A Dumfries corporation is established to extend and generate 9 new work opportunities.

The move will also safeguard the present 42-solid workforce at Murray Farmcare.

Taking care of director Andrew Cairns reported the business enterprise has outgrown its existing foundation at Irongray Industrial Estate.

It will be relocating to a web site at Glasgow Street, which has been vacant because Border Cars shut a branch there in July very last calendar year.

Mr Cairns admitted the company has faced “several challenges” due to the coronavirus disaster, but has managed to carry on to trade by putting in location stringent health and fitness and basic safety measures for staff and buyers.

The growth ideas will appear to fruition thanks to the support of a £150,000 grant from South of Scotland Business (SOSE).

Mr Cairns stated: “I would like to thank SOSE for the considerable grant they have offered to allow us to relocate, but also to make and retain worthwhile jobs.

“We currently have 42 entire-time staff members, and thanks to the support of SOSE, we are hoping to make 9 a lot more careers, and safeguard some of our present-day roles which is superb information.

“The coronavirus pandemic introduced us with a selection of challenges. One particular challenge was that considerably of our ordinary facial area-to-deal with business had to be completed through phone and e-mail.

“However, on a good facet, we have been classed ‘essential’ as a supplier of veterinary medications and a key provider of animal well being products and farm inputs into the agricultural sector, and this really served us continue to be afloat.

“We have also observed a considerable boost in demand for our janitorial hygiene and PPE merchandise, and our turnover attributed to these goods increased drastically amongst April – July 2020.”

The registered veterinary pharmacy delivers a vary of vital medications for domestic pets, pigeons and other birds and gives worthwhile nutritional advice. They also provide and recommend on a large collection of primary solutions for cattle, sheep, poultry and other farm animals.

The company also features ancillary gear such as workwear, PPE and cleanliness goods.

Professor Russel Griggs OBE, chairman of SOSE, reported: “We are the economic growth agency for the South of Scotland and our fast concentration is to carry on to assistance our businesses, communities, and folks to get better from the vast-ranging impacts of the pandemic.

“Murray Farmcare is exactly a single of these firms we are below to help, listed here in the south. I am delighted that the grant will be utilised to create occupation possibilities for neighborhood people today at a essential time for our economy – and these careers will make an priceless contribution to rebuilding our communities and enterprises as we go on our restoration.

“The new facility that they are relocating to will deliver extra possibilities and chances for attracting and teaching young persons in the region and present a foundation for expertise enhancement in the agricultural/veterinary sector.

“I desire Murray Farmcare each accomplishment in the coming months forward, and I thank them for their continued contribution to the group.”