R Davidson (Banchory) Ltd acquires Kelman Decorating in a move that boosts staff numbers to 100 across the two bases in Banchory and Inverness.

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Trevor Mutch, managing director of R Davidson, and operations manager Mark Kelman (Image: Trevor Martin Photography 2018)

A north east of Scotland painting and decorator has expanded into the Highlands by buying over an Inverness-based business.

R Davidson (Banchory) Ltd has acquired Kelman Decorating, which is based in the Highland capital.

The move will see Kelman’s team of ten move across to R Davidson, boosting staff numbers to 100 across the two bases in Banchory and Inverness.

Established in 1930, Davidson is one of the longest established home improvement companies in the north east of Scotland and deliver painting, decorating and plastering for the domestic and commercial markets.

In recent years, the firm has worked on some high profile Aberdeen developments.

Kelman Decorating has been operating in the Highlands for 40 years and owner, Mark Kelman, will continue to head up the Inverness business as operations manager for R Davidson.

The linkage will allow the combined business to expand and broaden their offerings to the market.

Trevor Mutch, managing director of R Davidson said: “Mark and his team at Kelman Decorating have created a superb reputation for the family business over the past four decades and we are excited about the opportunity to expand R Davidson into the Highlands with such a skilled team at the fore.

“Inverness is a vibrant economy and we have already secured a good contract with a large housing development in the city and we have other opportunities in the pipeline for the business in the North. We are committed to continue to grow our team and services in both the Highlands and the north east in the coming months.”

Mark Kelman said: “Our family run business, Kelman Decorating has worked in the Inverness area for over 40 years and we are looking forward to working alongside the skilled team from R Davidson to continue to provide an excellent service to our loyal clients. Combining our strengths and skills will undoubtedly bring added benefits to our customers.”