SIR John and Lady Campbell formally opened the £5.3m new Headquarters of the Thorburn Group Limited in Duns last week.

Thorburn Group rebranded two years ago after the management buyout of John Thorburn & Sons by Euan Thorburn 36, his father Alistair Thorburn 60 and Phil Morris 53.

As part of the buy out the group committed to create a purpose-built facility to allow them to better service the local farming community with the building of agricultural sheds, livestock handling, grain drying and steel fencing solutions as well as to grow employment in the area.

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Sir John and Lady Catherine Campbell, founders of the highly successful Glenrath Farms in Peeblesshire and long-time customers of Thorburn Group said;“It is a real privilege to be asked to open this new site on behalf of Thorburn Group, we are very proud to see what Alistair and his son Euan have built here, it is fantastic. We are long-time supporters of the company and they have been important partners to us as we have grown our own business and we are sure that other farmers will be thrilled at this investment, and show of commitment to support for farmers in this area”

Border Telegraph: Sir John and Lady Campbell formally opened the £5.3m new Headquarters of the Thorburn Group Limited in DunsSir John and Lady Campbell formally opened the £5.3m new Headquarters of the Thorburn Group Limited in Duns

The six acres, £5.3m investment, on Duns Industrial Estate has allowed the company to create a modern manufacturing facility that will enable the company to eventually quadruple its production to around 300 sheds per annum, as well as creating up to 50 new jobs in the area and has benefited from support from both the Scottish Borders Council and South of Scotland Enterprise.

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Managing Director, Euan Thorburn said; “We are immensely proud to have developed our new site in Duns to allow us to meet the demand more readily from local farmers for our agricultural buildings and we are excited to have created a purpose-built facility which encompasses the latest technology in steel fabrication to allow us to better serve our customers.

“It has been a huge project and I have to say a massive thank you to our staff and customers for all their support during the last year or so as we have made this long-term commitment to the area.”

Director Phil Morris added; “This £5.3m development has taken a massive effort to bring to fruition, our customers have long wanted us to expand our capacity and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our customer base for their ongoing support as well as to thank RBS, Scottish Borders Council and South of Scotland Enterprise for being so helpful in supporting this project which should be a real boost for the area.

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“As a consequence of this development, we need to expand our workforce in the coming months and years across all areas of our business and are committed to becoming one of the best employers in the area.

These jobs will largely be either welders or steel erectors to support the fabrication of an increased quantity of agricultural buildings, and the intention is that these roles can be filled from the local community, and the company is working with local schools and colleges, as well as creating our own training programme to help adequately fill the vacancies.

We do encourage any ambitious, disciplined young people looking for good work in the area, to get in touch if they are interested in joining us”

Councillor Scott Hamilton, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Community and Business Development, said: “I am delighted that through the coordinated work of a range of Council services and with SOSE’s support we’ve been able to help this local company to significantly expand and create a number of new jobs.

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The Council is very happy to work with new and growing local businesses, and those looking to invest in the area, to find suitable premises and sites that support investment into the local economy and our communities.”

Professor Russel Griggs OBE Chair of SOSE said: “I am delighted to hear that the funding Thorburn Group Limited received has made a significant difference to the success and growth of their business.

We understand this has been a hugely challenging time for many small and medium sized businesses across the South of Scotland, and as the enterprise agency for the South of Scotland we are delighted to be able to provide support to such a positive and progressive business case, here in the South of Scotland”

I personally look forward to seeing Thorburn Group prosper, and I thank them for their individual contribution to their community.”