Former AFC player sells up to enjoy retirement

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A former footballer turned entrepreneur has agreed to sell part of his business to a national commercial cleaning firm.

Fishers has struck a deal to acquire the laundry division of Banchory-based Deeside Cleaners Ltd from former Aberdeen FC defender Doug Considine.

Fishers – which washes, dries and irons over two million items a week from six sites across Scotland and the North of England – said Deeside’s reputation for providing a high-quality laundry service to local hotels made it a neat fit for the business.

Mr Considine, a former Aberdeen FC defender who won the Scottish Premier Division under Sir Alex Ferguson during a three-year spell at Pittodrie, will stay on in a part-time role.

Michael Jones, Managing Director of Fishers, said: “Deeside has built up a fantastic business with great customers whose needs we will work tirelessly to meet.

“I am excited to conclude this deal with Doug and that he has agreed to stay on and work with us, firstly to make sure the transition goes smoothly and to maintain regular contact with customers, many of whom he’s been working with for many years, then to help Fishers to further develop our business in the Aberdeen area.”

A consultation is underway with Deeside staff ahead of the sale.

Now 62, Mr Considine says he is looking forward to spending more time with loved ones after spending almost four decades growing the family business.

“I am thrilled to have found such a high calibre long-term home for the business that has been my life for the last 37 years,” he said.

“I look forward to working with Fishers over the next few years and to having more time to spend with my family and friends.”

Under the terms of the transaction, Deeside Cleaner’s Banchory and Stonehaven buildings are being retained by its owners to support the Deeside dry-cleaning and guest laundry business, which is not being sold and will continue to trade as Banchory Dry Cleaners Limited.


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