Trading Places: Part 2
We shared a Blog on Prestonhall Industrial Estate recently and promsied to follow up with more of the town’s out-of-town offering. We took a walk around Cupar’s Trading Estate to discover the many businesses who have made it their home. Here’s what we found …
As you drive into the estate, Reekie Ltd is right in front of you. They are “leading suppliers of Agricultural, Groundcare and Construction machinery and equipment“. They are part of the Hamilton Ross Group, with over 65 years’ experience in sales, servicing, parts and hire of new and second hand machinery.
Reekie supplies the full AGCO portfolio of brands including Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Fendt and Challenger from their Cupar depot. They also stock equipment by some of the biggest names in agriculture including Honda, Amazone, Logic, Foster, Bomford, Gregoire Besson and Broughan.
They also have a range of clothing, toys and more in store: pop in to take a look when you’re passing.
The practice’s owner, Ainslie Smith, grew up surrounded by animals on his father’s farm in North-East Fife so is no stranger to creatures both great and small. He has always been interested in veterinary science and caring for animals, saying: “Whenever a vet came to the farm I would follow them everywhere, bombarding them with questions. I loved that they got to work with a variety of animals all day every day and I knew from a young age that that’s what I wanted to do too.”
As well as being surrounded by animals as a youngster, Ainslie was a fan of James Herriot, the famous vet who wrote a series of semi-autobiographical books about his experiences. Ainslie adds: “I started my own business to apply the ‘James Herriot ethos’ to caring for animals. I wanted to offer a friendly, local practice that offered approachable, professional care for all animals including cats and dogs, horses and cattle, and everything in between.”
When Ainslie established the practice in 2003, he was the only vet and was supported by two part time receptionists. Since then, Eden has gone from strength-to-strength. Today, they have five full time vets – as well as a team of nurses and receptionists – to deal with the demand for their experience, be it for small animals in house or for large animal on the road.
Oliphant Garage Doors (below left)
Head south through the estate – passed Eden Veterinary Practice and Fife Council’sservices’ depot – and you’ll find Oliphant Garage Doors. Established in 1986, the company has grown from a one man operation to become the largest garage door show site in Fife. They offer ‘supply only’, supply and fit, and automate a range of garage doors – from well-known suppliers such as Hormann, Gliderol and Seceuroglide. Follow the links below for more:
If you’re experiencing a problem with your existing garage doors, speak to one of their experienced or arrange a repair visit.
For more information, contact them via their web page or call 01334 656555.
Drive & Store – Self Storage (above right)
Drive & Store is a self-storage facility on the estate. They have over seventy 20ft containers – each with a capacity of 150SqFt – ideal for personal and business storage. If you need an idea of the space they can offer, one container is enough for an average 3 to 4 bedroom house … or 250 standard archive boxes. They have rental plans available on short or long term – follow this link to see their prices.
Their self-storage facility allows you the flexibility to come and go as you please 24/7: units are at ground level allowing you to drive your car, van or lorry right up to the unit for easy, fast, direct loading and unloading. One of their highest priorities is to ensure your goods are stored in a secure manner: their facility is fenced with a single entrance, flood lighting and CCTV in place for security and peace of mind.
For more information, contact them via their web page or call
Fife Subaru (below left)
One of two garages on the estate, Fife Subaru has “everything Subaru in Cupar“. They specialise in both new and used Subaru car sales, after sales, servicing and MOT work. Pop into their showroom where you can view, sit in and test drive any of the models that interest you. Their experienced advisors are on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Fife Mitsubishi (above right)
Whatever your motoring needs: used car sales, new car sales; parts, accessories and servicing; from zero CO2 emission pure electric vehicles to rugged off-road 4x4s, Fife Mitsubishi can help. They have many special offers as well as a wide range of flexible finance options to suit your budget: 0% APR, Hire Purchase, Contract Hire and Leasing, plus Motability sales.
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! Their HQ is on the estate.
As you drive passed the estate, you can’t help but spot Gray Fabrication. Their premises is the huge plant between you and the Cupar silo.
Gray provides steel fabrication and plate rolling services to leading companies in the oil and gas, general engineering and renewable energy sectors.
They have built a reputation on their ability to “respond promptly to production requirements” as well as “complying with the stringent quality standards demanded by customers“.
Significant investment in new plant, buildings and training initiatives has enabled the company to expand both its home and overseas markets. From small, one-off bespoke items to multi-million pound contracts built to international codes, Gray’s long established and skilled workforce adopt the same ethic for producing quality work on time.
For more information on the company, contact them via their web page or call 01334 656686.
Last but not least is McKay Motor Services. They have a small sign at the entrance to the estate – telling folk they’re behind Gray Fabrication.
Joe Cool (UK) Ltd design, produce and distribute innovative and distinctive products which, as their website says, are “beautiful and, or, amusing; Life is too short to wear anything that isn’t.”
The founder of the company was buying Mexican fire opal in Magdalena, Jalisco and selling the cabachons on Hollywood Blvd in L.A. in 1968. In 1972, he was trading Greek ceramic jewellery in the UK but only started using the name Joe Cool in 1978. At that time the bulk of the business was in Greek chokers, heishi necklaces, millifiori chips and liquid silver earrings. Initially sales were conducted mostly on the road but a derelict tenement in Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh, served as a base and in time as a bead shop and then as an earring shop – “Ear This“. It was the time the earring gun came to the UK and the demand for earrings was soaring. Soon the first floor of the tenement was colonised to create a small workshop making liquid silver and semi-precious stone earrings. The management the business grew relatively quickly and was soon selling to shops all over the UK.
Over the years the styles, the materials, the sources, the destinations and the types of customer have changed. Most of their products are now made in China, India or Indonesia and they supply retailers and wholesalers either from their warehouse in Cupar or directly from Asia. Their designs are sold around the world in jewellery, gift and fashion shops, in museums and theme parks and by web-based and catalogue mail order companies.
They exhibit at trade shows in Birmingham, Canton, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Madrid, Milan, and Paris, and publish a catalogue each year. They have agents in Belgium, France, Spain and Hong Kong to facilitate the processing of customer orders. Their range is also shown and sold on line – and you can register to use the site and access products and pricing via this link. As they say on their site …
“The success of our customers is the foundation of our business and the focus of our efforts. We understand that information is essential and we are always keen to hear the opinions of our customers, to know what works best, to learn, and to share our knowledge. If you retail jewellery or gifts and are not stocking our products then you are making less money than you could and so are we, please contact us at your earliest convenience to fulfill your potential.“
For more information, visit their website or call them on 01334 652111.
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