Nigel Don, SNP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, took some time recently to visit a couple of Forfar’s many business enterprises to find out for himself their plans, their concerns and their views generally.
Mike Stewart, of Stewart’s Blinds, is in the process of moving premises from the Old Brechin Road to East High Street in order to give his company a shop front and display area. He’s also hoping to expand his business in Forfar and employ more people.
He stated: “I’m from Forfar myself and don’t really want to move.
“I’d rather employ Forfar people, but it’s just not made very easy to find appropriate places. In the future, as the business grows, I would consider a move to Orchardbank Business Park.”
At Robertsons the Printers in Queen Street, Jim Whittet, owner for seven years, along with Dave Barber and Dewar McFarlane, showed Nigel round.
Nigel said: “It’s clear that this company is keeping right up to the minute with the newest technology and giving a first class service to small and large businesses.”
While most of their market is local in Angus and Dundee, the company has several large contracts with companies across Scotland.
Jim Whittet explained: “We’re in the process of upgrading our website as well as our Apple Macs and software for print and design purposes.
“The future looks good as long as we keep abreast of the latest technology and ideas.”
With that in mind they have a working partnership with a company in Aberdeen which produces printed garments as an adjunct to their own business.
Although it’s a smallish business in Scotland, Robertsons has been affected by the downturn in the paper market.
As Dewar McFarlane explained: “We now have great difficulty in accessing specialist papers and card which some clients would like, because so many paper mills are only manufacturing the basic papers which they know will sell.”
Nigel commented: “Local businesses are vitally important to their communities providing employment and generating income into the local economy. The diversity of businesses in Forfar is greatly encouraging in the present economic climate and I know we in the SNP Scottish Government have done a great deal to assist more than 80,000 businesses with our small business bonus.”