T&S move ‘by the end of August’

Turnbull and Scott managing director Peter Murphy
Turnbull and Scott managing director Peter Murphy
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A QUARTER-of-a-million pound move by engineering firm Turnbull & Scott to the former Slumberdown factory should be completed by the end of next month.

The company confirmed this week that the deal to transfer offices and the workshop to the site in Burnfoot has been done

Managing director Peter Murphy told the Hawick News: “All staff are actively involved in the project, which we hope will be completed by the end of August. Although it has been quite a demanding task getting the move under way while continuing to get orders out the door, we are pleased to say that business is continuing as usual.”

As revealed in the Hawick News earlier this year, T&S have acquired the 60,000 sq ft building as they hope to expand the business.

Mr Murphy said: “We’re moving from what was effectively a 20,000 sq ft factory where there wasn’t great access, not great layout, it was old and a little bit run down and not conducive to what we do, to a new 60,000 sq ft facility with a new five ton crane, new welding bays etc.

“This exciting move will give us the opportunity to start from scratch and develop a layout which will be perfect for us to improve efficiency and help us grow our business.

“We have bought in the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service to help us plan the new layouts and all our staff have had the opportunity to engage in the decision making process.

“In all we will invest nearly £250,000 over the course of this year on fit out, new equipment and removal costs.”

The move will leave the current Commercial Road premises vacant with the hope that further development can be added to compliment the recently built Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Mr Murphy added: “There is a huge shortage of suitable properties in the Borders, let alone Hawick, so for us to acquire this building is fantastic.

“These really are quite exciting times for the business.”