An Aberdeenshire painting and decorating firm has started its year on a high by expanding into new premises, double the size of its previous base.

R Davidson, which is one of the North-east’s longest established home improvement contractors, has recently relocated to the new Banchory Business Centre 2 (BBC2), occupying the ground floor of the energy efficient office building.

The 2,500 sq ft open-plan office space is part of the second phase of the Hill of Banchory Business Park, located to the East of the Deeside town, and will accommodate the firm’s growing workforce of 85 employees and 16 apprentices.

The firm, which specialises in delivering bespoke painting, decorating and ames taping services to the private domestic and commercial markets, is the first tenant to move into the renewable business park, which has been built with sustainable principles and energy efficient features. In addition to the expansion, the company expects to create a number of employment opportunities in the future and an intake of new apprentices in the Spring.

Managing director and owner of R Davidson, Trevor Mutch, said: “Over the past year or so, R Davidson has witnessed significant demand for its services and relocating to larger premises provides us with the perfect opportunity to expand and enhance our services in both the commercial and private sectors. The BBC2 is a relatively new development with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities to allow us develop and drive new business opportunities, with room to increase our workforce as demand grows.

“It is also ideally located to offer a strong local presence, whilst only a short drive to Aberdeen city-centre to offer our clients the highest quality of workmanship and customer service. The expansion also demonstrates our on-going commitment to the North-east, marking a significant point in the company’s growth and strengthening our position in the North-east construction industry.”

R Davidson, which was first established in 1930, has a wide range of private and commercial clients in Aberdeen and the North-east, working on some of Aberdeen’s most prestigious developments, including the renovation of the city’s Marischal College, business park Prime Four, and The Chester Hotel.