Stirling roofing firm crowned Small Business of the Year

Mark Thornton (far right) with some of the team at Old Plean Roofing

OLD Plean Roofing has been crowned Small Business of the Year at the Scottish SME Business Awards 2022.

Voted for by the public, the awards recognise creative and successful SMEs from across Scotland.

Founded by Mark and Fiona Thornton in 2019, Old Plean Roofing covers central Scotland and is accredited by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) and the UK-wide Buy with Confidence scheme.

In 2020, the firm was admitted into the prestigious Guild of Master Craftsmen in what was the first Scottish specialist roofing firm in seven years to be accredited by the organisation. It followed a ‘thorough’ vetting procedure which included customer references and an assessment of workmanship and business practices.

Fiona told of her delight at the firm’s most recent triumph. She said, “We launched our business with the aim of improving industry standards and offering people an honest, efficient roofing service with a high level of competency. We hear so many heart-breaking stories about rogue traders preying on unsuspecting people and have even been involved in fixing the issues they’ve caused when they walk off site after failing to carry out a job properly.

“We want to demonstrate that there are good roofing firms out there and customer feedback suggests we’ve been successful in achieving our core goals. It’s great to be recognised for all we are doing to help raise benchmarks in the roofing world and we’re particularly thrilled to have won this award since it was decided by a public vote.”

Mark added, “We pride ourselves on our reputation and are delighted to win our first business award which recognises the first-class service we provide. We’re doing all we can to represent the roofing industry in a positive light and our aim is to become the roofing builder and maintenance contractor of choice in central Scotland.”

The Scottish Business SME Awards are run by Business Connect to ‘provide a platform to shine the spotlight on the businesses that have made a positive difference in the market they operate within and have enjoyed growth as a result.’

Yamin Mahmood, CEO of Business Connect, commented, “The Scottish SME Business Awards celebrate the most dedicated business professionals that have stood out from the crowd and shown great entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen. SME businesses play a vital role in Scotland’s economy and we feel it is of great importance to recognise the drive and commitment of the individuals and organisations at the forefront of their industries. We would like to congratulate this year’s winners.”

Project Scotland visited Old Plean Roofing’s headquarters in Stirling earlier this year to find out more about their work. To read the article click here.