Family firm Old Plean Roofing has been admitted to the prestigious Guild of Master Craftsmen.

The company, run by Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce members Mark and Fiona Thornton, is the first Scottish specialist roofing firm in seven years to be accredited by the Guild in recognition of its high standards and expertise.

The team, based in Old Plean, Stirling, are honoured to gain membership of the organisation which represents both modern day and traditional craftsmen and promotes excellence and integrity.

Fiona said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this accreditation which really reflects the standards we have always aimed for and the type of high-quality roofing and customer service we offer.

“When we launched the business, we did so with the aim of improving industry standards and offering local people an honest, efficient roofing service with a high level of competency.

“It’s wonderful to be recognised for the work we are doing and to receive this seal of approval from an organisation as prestigious as the Guild of Master Craftsmen.”

Mark and Fiona have been members of Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce for five years.

Mark said: “We’re a young company and Lynn Blaikie and her team at the Chamber have always been supportive – inviting us to networking events and promoting Old Plean Roofing in their newsletter and other publications.

“They’ve also provided informative daily emails throughout the Covid-19 crisis which have been essential reading – it’s good to be part of an organisation so committed to supporting local businesses.”

The team at Old Plean Roofing was selected for membership of the Guild, the UK’s oldest trade association, following a thorough vetting procedure which included customer references and an assessment of their workmanship and business practices.

The accolade highlights the firm’s commitment to first class service and entitles them to display the Guild’s emblem which is recognised as a mark of quality workmanship.

The Much Hon. Duncan Paisley of Westerlea, Chief Assessor (Scotland) for the Guild of Master Craftsmen, was pleased to welcome Old Plean Roofing as a member.

He said: “I was overjoyed to see Mark and Fiona accredited as members of the Guild and they are to be commended for their undoubted hands-on skills, qualifications, consistent high-quality work and commitment to customer service.

“Old Plean Roofing are the first specialist roofers in their category in Scotland to be accepted as Guild members in seven years so they should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce President Lynn Blaikie said: “Old Plean Roofing are an active member of the Chamber who are committed to high standards and excellent customer service in all they do.

“I’m delighted to see their talents and skills recognised by the Guild with this well-deserved honour.”

Mark and Fiona set up Old Plean Roofing in January 2019 after several years running Thornton Construction Consultants – a highly regarded consultancy providing technical advice on roofing to construction businesses.

They decided to use Mark’s 30+ years of industry experience to expand into the residential market covering Central Scotland and Fife.

The Old Plean Roofing team specialise in flat roofing and also work with pitched roofs with services including repairing roofs following water, wind or theft damage.

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