A north east painting and decorating firm founded by Dundee man Brian Kerr has seen staff numbers nearly quadruple in its first year of business and is now targeting expansion into Tayside.
Bespoke Decorators has ramped up recruitment to grow its team from four to 14 within the past six months – nearly double its original target to create eight jobs in the first year.
The firm, launched in January, was established to meet demand within the north-east’s commercial and industrial sectors.
It has already secured several commercial contracts and completed new build and building extension projects across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Tayside.
As part of the company’s growth, it secured a year-long deal with a leading north-east house builder to prepare 40 homes for entry and the business has hired 12 decorators and two Ames tapers as well as investing in new equipment, vehicles and livery.
Now, the company is looking to extend its reach into Angus and Tayside.
Director Brian Kerr says the firm is exploring new opportunities in the Dundee area and expects to open a dedicated office with ancillary storage facilities within the next 12 months.
He said: “It’s been an incredible first year in business and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers who have supported us as a new business.
“We have been hugely encouraged by the level of demand for our services, which has led to creating a significant number of new jobs.
“This growth in the team has also meant that we have been able to accept and deliver larger-scale projects, often at short notice.”
Mr Kerr, who has 20 years industry experience and previously worked as a senior manager for a large independent contractor, says the past 12 months running the business has given him the confidence to invest back into the company and his growing team.
He said: “The experience of the past year means that we have improved how we do things so the business can remain sustainable for the long term.
“Coming from Dundee originally, I know the area very well and I’m optimistic that we will be warmly received in the city.”
Currently based in Portlethen, Aberdeenshire, Bespoke Decorators provides painting, decorating, Ames taping and plastering services to customers in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors.