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Inverness windows firm Cairngorm Group bouncing back from coronavirus crisis with order from the Falkland Islands


By Gregor White

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Cairngotm Falkland Order, David Dowling.
Cairngotm Falkland Order, David Dowling.

An order from the other side of the world is helping an Inverness-based windows business bounce back from the coronavirus lockdown.

Cairngorm Group has recalled half of its 100-strong workforce from furlough to deal with a spate of new orders, including dispatching doors and windows to the Falkland Islands, more than 12,000 miles away.

“We’re extremely pleased to be back in the factory, introducing a new safety system, and getting everything geared up to resume production,” said managing director, David Dowling.

“After understandably being without orders forthcoming in April and May, it’s been an encouraging surprise to receive so many orders this month and we’ve had enquiries from new customers as far apart as Skye and Argyll.

“We’ve taken the decision to bring 50 people back from furlough and we look forward to getting the business back manufacturing again.

“It’s a boost to get the Falklands order away. It shows we’re back in business.

“However, to return to full production and unfurlough the remainder of employees we need the major housebuilder clients such as Tulloch Homes and Springfield Homes to be back at peak construction activity.”

He said he looks forward to Cairngorm tradesmen being permitted soon to enter clients’ homes to continue fittings that were interrupted by lockdown.

The company’s Grampian Glass outlet in Elgin also reopened this week.

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