North-east painting and decorator company buys Inverness firm

North-east painting and decorator firm R Davidson, has bought Inverness firm Kelman Decorating to expand its services into the Highlands.

The move will see Kelman’s team of ten move across to R Davidson, boosting staff numbers to 100 strong across the two operational bases in Banchory and Inverness.  

Established in 1930, R Davidson is one of the north-east’s longest established home improvement contractors, specialising in delivering bespoke painting, decorating, Ames taping and plastering services for the private domestic and commercial markets. In recent years, the firm has worked on some of Aberdeen’s most prestigious developments.

Kelman Decorating has been operating in the Highlands for 40 years and owner, Mark Kelman, will continue to head up the Inverness business as operations manager for R Davidson.

Increasing their presence in this area allows expansion of their services and enables them to broaden their offering for present and future customers.  

Managing director of R Davidson, Trevor Mutch said: “Mark and his team at Kelman Decorating have created a superb reputation for the family business over the past four decades and we are excited about the opportunity to expand R Davidson into the Highlands with such a skilled team at the fore.

“Inverness is a vibrant economy and we have already secured a good contract with a large housing development in the city and we have other opportunities in the pipeline for the business in the North. We are committed to continue to grow our team and services in both the Highlands and the north east in the coming months.”

Mark Kelman, operations manager at R Davidson, said: “Our family run business, Kelman Decorating has worked in the Inverness area for over 40 years and we are looking forward to working alongside the skilled team from R Davidson to continue to provide an excellent service to our loyal clients. Combining our strengths and skills will undoubtedly bring added benefits to our customers.”

With increased work opportunities in the Highlands and the north east, R Davidson is set to increase its team across both areas in the near future.

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