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Trevor Mutch of R Davidson (Banchory) Ltd

Trevor Mutch, Managing Director R Davidson (Banchory) Ltd

Your Name – Trevor Mutch (Managing Director, R Davidson)

Company Name – R Davidson (Banchory) Ltd

When did you start (with) the company?
1997, although the company originally started in 1930, making R Davidson, one of North-east’s longest established home improvement contractors.

In 50 words or less what does your company do?
R Davidson specialises in delivering bespoke painting and decorating, ames taping and plastering services, to both the domestic and commercial markets. We pride ourselves on no job being too large or too small, and we are committed to providing the highest quality of workmanship and customer service to each client and project. Although based in Banchory, most of our work tends to be in and around Aberdeen, although we are happy to travel, generally 60 miles of Aberdeen.

What part of the business do you like best?
The constant buzz around the business, no two days are the same at R Davidson.

If you had to start again from scratch what would you do differently?

What is unique about what the company does?
We have the very best tradesmen around, with years of experience between them to provide the highest quality of workmanship and customer service to the North-east of Scotland. We also pride ourselves on working around our clients and their tight deadlines. That can include working at night times, weekends, or providing a high volume of resources to get a large project completed within the deadline. With a staff of over 80, we can provide clients with the reassurance that their project, large or small, will be finished on time, on budget and to the highest possible finish.

Has there been a key moment or turning point
There are several really. Once I took ownership of the company, it gave me the motivation to try and take the company to the next level. Successfully completing the Marischal College project proved what we were capable of, and the pressures of that project proved that we could handle virtually any challenge thrown at us.

How do you intend to grow the company?
I believe in gradual growth. We have employed five new apprentices this year, and plan to do the same for the foreseeable future.

Do you have any non-executive directors, mentors or key advisors? Who are they?
I have a business consultant, Ken Campbell who has been with me for the last 12 years offering advice and guidance throughout - he keeps me grounded. I am also lucky to be surrounded by a very strong senior management team, Denise Brown and Barrie Gammack, to whom I discuss most dilemmas with. They offer unique and continuous support, whether it’s what I want to hear or not!

What will the next 12 months hold?
Hopefully a kind winter, an improvement in tender prices and a steady work load.

If you were given £100,000 to invest in the company, how would you use it?
Employing more apprentices, and developing a unique training and development plan internally to ensure the young people get the best possible chance to maximize their potential skills.

What's the best part of running a business?
Working with my colleagues. I guess I have to say that?!

What do you do to relax?
I would say watching the Dons, but that’s not been too relaxing these last few years, although we are getting there. I also enjoy a game of golf, and spending time with my lovely wife, Hilary.

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