Trading Places: Part 1
When we started the CuparNow project, we identified 379 businesses in Cupar. That number surprised most. It is only when you start to explore and walk the town – the centre as well as the areas on the outskirts – that you realise the breadth and depth of Cupar’s business offering. In the first of three features, we take a walk around Prestonhall Industrial Estate (that’s the one furthest out as you head east) to discover some exceptional businesses … from international players to family run, from home-grown, nuts ‘n’ bolts business that help us all live our lives – to cutting edge technology …
Fishers is a name you’ll recognise from their trucks and vans that criss-cross Scotland servicing our hospitality and healthcare industries – and much more. The family business is now in its fifth generation having been founded in Aberfeldy in 1900. More than a century on, the “proudly independent” business is now head quartered in Cupar on the Prestonhall. The market leader for laundry and textile rental services in Scotland, Fishers employs more than 800 people across seven sites in Scotland and the North East of England. They have grown and prospered by sticking to core family values: serving customers with hard work, honesty and value for money. Follow this link if you’re looking for work opportunities with Fishers. And you can find more on them day to day by following their Facebook page. This wee YouTube clip may be a couple of years old, but it shows the company’s dedication in washing, drying, ironing and then delivering 2 million pieces of laundry – every week!
If you are in the building trade, you’ll know Travis Perkins. The UK-wide company – founded in 1797 – helps traders of all size, whether you’re looking for tools or timber for a one-off job, or a large number of building materials for a big project. Across many categories, they have tools and materials ranging from products suitable for landscaping and gardening projects to interior decorating, joinery, bathrooms, kitchens and much more. In fact – so much more that they boast more than 100,000 product lines – all available to trade professionals and self-builders. And they also provide a tool hire. You’ll find them on the estate (KY15 4RD). Got a question for them? Call 01334 657187 or ping them an email – firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you’re into Facebook, follow them here.
Bodywyse Autocare Ltd is an accident repair centre specialising in repairs and mechanical work to cars and commercial vehicles for all members of the general public. They are insurance approved, offer fixed price servicing and all their work is guaranteed. They also provide MOTs, general servicing and sell tyres and exhaust systems. For further details on their services and products, please call 01334 654101, or email email@example.com. Their business hours are Mon – Fri: 8:30am–5:00pm and 9:00am-12:00pm on a Saturday.
Need a plumber? Established in 1978, Alistair Thorpe has developed many a great relationship with customers and clients and is proud to be known as “North East Fife’s local plumber”. They have more than 500 customers who are testament to the company’s professional and efficient service – from jobs for individuals, to landlords and property agents across the area.
The company’s Gas Safe registered team of plumbers and heating engineers are dedicated to providing the highest quality of workmanship. In more than 40 years, they are proud to have achieved a number of accreditations, including:
- Gas Safe
- Worcester Bosch
- Building Standards
They are available – whatever the scale of the job in hand: from a simple tap washer to installing a full central heating … and everything in between. You’ll find them at Unit 4 on the Prestonhall Industrial Estate in Cupar (KY15 4RD). If you’ve got a question, give them a call on 01334 652945 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also keep up to date by following them on Facebook.
Wolseley – formerly trading as The Plumb Centre – is a specialist merchant for those working in the plumbing, heating, cooling and drainage industries. They have more than 50,000 product lines and their outlet in Cupar is one of more than 600 branches across the country. That makes them the UK’s largest plumbing, heating and cooling trade merchant. This is their Cupar Branch web page – and if you’d like info on working for the company, check out their careers website. You can also follow them on Facebook – and message them with your enquiries. Visiting? You’ll find them at Unit 2-3 Prestonhall Industrial Estate (KY15 4RD). You can call them on 01334 652614 or email US.Cupar@wolseley.co.uk.
JACS Joinery & Construction Supplies
Are you in the construction industry? In to DIY? Does your home need a fresh new look? Then JACS is the place for you! The promises “fantastic prices on a massive range of products” – and that includes wetwall shower panels, sliding mirror doors, all types of ironmongery, builders metalwork, fixings & fasteners, hand tools, power tools, silicones, glues and safety wear.
Scaramanga offer a unique shopping experience in all things vintage and retro – and their HQ and store is on the industrial estate in Cupar. From vintage leather satchels and striking stationery through to a wide range of antique and retro furniture and interiors accessories.
Their “fearless leader” Carl Morenikeji discovered an old iconic vintage leather satchel whilst travelling in India in 1998. Inspired by the style and quality, he sought out artisans who would use the same traditional methods and tools to recreate modern leather satchels. More than 20 years on, Scaramanga is now an original lifestyle brand.
Today, they source vintage furniture from around the globe – all hand selected and ranges from classic furniture to shabby chic painted furniture. They design their leather bags: all of them – be they classic bags, trendy handbags, old school leather satchels, messenger bags, travel bags, weekenders or handbags – are multi-functional and made from top quality genuine leather. They also have a newer collection that includes leather rucksacks, canvas backpacks, leather briefcases, laptop bags and classic handbags.
You can visit them at 1-3 Prestonhall Industrial Estate (KY15 4RD), call them on 01334 657642 or drop them an email at email@example.com. Follow them on Facebook and be sure to share #MyScaramanga style on Instagram – you’ll find their page here.
Check out this YouTube clip that shows one of their class bags …
Back in the 1970s, a business started as a specialist rug shop called Country Rugs down a small lane in the Crossgates in Cupar. Roll the clocks forward, Country Carpets are now a long-established company with more than 30 years experience in supplying and fitting all types of flooring – from carpets, vinyl’s and laminates to contract flooring. Taken over by its current owners, the Nimmo family in 1985, they moved to the current site in Cupar (KY15 4RD) in the 1990s to give customers a much larger choice as well as easier access with ample parking. You will find a large range of carpet rolls as well as roll ends. In addition, you can find thousands of different samples covering everything from man made and wool carpets, vinyl, laminate, LVT plus a whole range of other flooring all at great prices.
Whatever your flooring requirements, they’re here to help: give them a call on 01334654170, drop them an email enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org – or pop in and see them for some face-to-face expert advice. You can find more on the company via their website. You can also follow their Facebook page.
William Wilson are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of plumbing, heating and bathroom supplies employing more than 250 staff across 21 locations. They take pride in being “No1 for renewable energy heating solutions in Scotland” and are “committed to supporting the government’s drive to not only protect the environment, but also to conserve the earths dwindling supplies of fossil fuels – coal, gas and oil.”
For many years they have promoted new technology in the heating industry and have introduced renewable products to their stock profile – including solar panels and ground source heat pumps. They have fully trained heating design engineers in new heating technologies and energy awareness. Give them a call on 01334 655700 or email email@example.com. Their branch on Prestonhall is open Monday – Friday: 7:30am to 5pm and from 9am until 12 noon on Saturdays.
EMS is a long established car repair workshop now dealing in high quality and sometimes rare and unusual cars and motorcycles for sale. The company is owned and run by enthusiasts with a real passion for all things automotive who are focused on providing excellent customer service and an enjoyable car buying experience: their mantra (and that’s not the old Opal!) is “Treat others as you yourself would like to be treated.” And they not only service and sell cars, bikes and vans – but they’ll also search. Tell them what you’re after and they’ll do the leg work.
Full dealer facilities are offered with all their vehicles – HPI checked for any recorded damage or outstanding finance. And every car serviced and MOT’d comes – with a three month parts and labour warranty, provided by the RAC. EMS are registered with the FCA as a credit broker and can provide finance packages to suit individual needs, working closely with finance companies to offer competitive rates. You can find much more on the company’s website – including an easy-to-use search facility to review their stock. You’ll also find them on Facebook – and also on Instagram. Need more? Call them on 01334 657350 or 07957568733 … or send them an email enquiry.
ESG are a farmer owned cooperative based in Cupar. Their main crops are Broccoli and Cauliflower along with a wider range of vegetable crops produced in fertile Scottish soils over a 180 mile radius.
Established in 1987, the cooperative’s purpose is to provide the individual grower with the benefits of being part of a larger group, allowing all members to grow together for the future. To this day the ESG team is still focused on achieving its founding aim by providing the maximum return to grower.
They share premises with their new venture: the Growers’ Garden. Essentially, the company is “a bunch of mates (who all happen to be farmers), that decided to do things differently“. The families involved have been living and farming field-by-field in the East of Scotland countryside for generations. Prepping, planting, and harvesting, season-in and season-out. They celebrate the good times and have stuck together in the tough ones. In between time spent in ‘converted barn nightclubs’ and ‘combine-harvester racing’, they landed on an idea: supporting sustainable farming by turning their very own fresh vegetables into “awesome healthy snacks” that people really want to eat. A sustainable snack – the perfect idea to bring together their love for both the environment and food (especially crisps!).
Check out their snacks via this link – and if you want to get your hands on them, use this link to find your nearest stockist. Follow their story and updates via Facebook. You’ll also find them on Instagram.
Nexam is an international business working with clients in the aerospace, electronics, pipes and engineered foams industries.
They develop solutions that enhance the properties and performance of many types of polymers – their work increases temperature resistance and strength in component. To enhance the properties of polymers they “employ heat-activated chemistry or reactive extrusion. New, unique opportunities for efficient and sustainable use are enabled“. Their “technology makes it possible to create new product properties, from lightly modified to fully cross-linked polymers, which opens new sustainable business opportunities“. Their technology also “enables recycled polymers to regain performance“. You can read much more on the company’s products via their website.
Their Prestonhall Industrial Estate premises provide R & D, laboratory, manufacturing and warehouse facilities for the company. If you have an enquiry, please call them on 01334 657655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moidfab is an automotive fabrication company specialising in fast road, race and drift car preparation and maintenance. As a motorsport based fabrication company they undertake a vast range of custom fabrication – from exhausts to full MSA and FIA approved roll cages. As well as being a dealer for Custom Cages, they are also a dealer for all main performance companies, supplying products for all makes and models.
In the hands of their skilled technicians “no job is too little or too large“. Their range of in-house fabricated Garage Moidfab lock kits and drift knuckles is constantly expanding across all popular chassis. As well as all the custom applications, they are also a retailer for SLRSpeed, WiseFab, Acostal Motorsport Developments and, to “complement that extra lock and improve the handling of the car”, they can provide suspension components from BC Racing, KW Suspension, HSD, Whiteline, HardRace, Eibach, Powerflex to name just a few.
As well performance and race car preparation and maintenance, they also undertake day to day maintenance, servicing, MOT, repairs and general welding repair work. They can supply genuine OE parts for all makes and models to keep your manufacture warranty when servicing your vehicle.
They have “a soft spot for the Subaru Impreza” and are pleased to announce they’ve secured the services of the UK’s leading Subaru Specialist of the last 15 years, Grant Swan, of AWD Motorsport: he is their head Subaru tech. Moidfab and Grant Swan have developed a unique and all new ‘drive in, drive out‘ Moidfab Motorsport Tuning Package that includes live mapping for the Subaru Impreza models.
You’ll find Cobra at the Eden end of the Prestonhall Industrial Estate – beyond the old house. The company stocks all kinds of building materials – plasterboard, softwood , hardwood , blocks, cement, aggregates, insulation, sheet timber, concrete goods, drainage products, fixings, tools, adhesives, ironmongery and much more. They offer free delivery. Need more? Call Cobra on 01334 657177.
You will also find more on their Facebook page where you can also message them with enquiries.
Coming up soon on our Blog will be Trading Places – Parts 2 & 3 … visits to the Cupar Trading Estate and Eden Valley Business Park.
If you run a business on either, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading!