Oct 28 2011 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
Lisa Boyle’s Business Bulletin
BUSINESSMAN Craig Bryson has gone from cushions and covers to quality kitchens.
The owner of Art Direct in Ayr’s Carrick Street has just opened a kitchen factory outlet providing kitchens to the trade and public.
Digital Kitchens is based just outside Ayr on the old Digital computer factory site.
And Craig’s aim is to deliver Scotland’s lowest priced kitchens.
Digital Kitchens can provide everything from complete kitchen refurbishment to simple door and worktop replacement.
Jimmy Dickie is sales manager at Digital Kitchens and has 25 years’ experience in the industry, having worked for MFI and as a manager for a major trade kitchen company.
Factory manager is John Martin, a joiner to trade, who is equally experienced having also held a senior role within a national firm for many years.
Many of the carcasses, doors and worktops are manufactured in the 25,000 square foot factory behind the new showroom.
They also have a new Cut and Edge panel service for joiners with everything cut to size for the quick assembly of shelves and wardrobes.
More than 1000 door styles and colours are on offer, with more than 15 displays of kitchens.
Even Zanussi equipment and plasma TVs can be bought at the outlet.
For more information log on to www.digitalkitchens.co.uk
l AN INNOVATIVE Ayrshire business will line up alongside some of the UK’s most successful companies as it competes for a leading accolade.
Culzean Textiles Solutions Ltd, which is based in Stewarton, won Scotland’s Achievement in International Business Award, sponsored by DHL Express.
The business, which manufactures and develops medical and industrial fabrics, is now a finalist in its category for the UK title in the Chamber Awards hosted by the British Chambers of Commerce, which were created to celebrate the UK’s most successful businesses.
John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “The health of the UK’s economy relies upon the confidence of our businesses to grow, invest and create jobs.
“All the good things we want to see in society depend on business and wealth creation.
“These awards provide a snapshot of some of the most impressive companies from across the country. Many of these business owners are working day in, day out to build upon the companies they have built from scratch, creating jobs in local communities and contributing to the economic recovery we so desperately need.”
Culzean Textiles provides innovative solutions to the textile element of any project, working with a variety of industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical, marine, furniture and civil engineering.
During the last three years it has won business in a wide range of countries such as Mexico, Taiwan and Germany, and is now focused on developing additional markets, including the US, through trade shows and international advertising.
Having won the main award in Scotland, the company now hopes to pick up the UK title in its category.
It also has the chance to collect the Award for Outstanding Business Achievement – with a top prize of £25,000 and runner up prizes of £15,000 and £10,000.
The national winners will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms on November 24.