THU 28TH MAY 2020


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James Donaldson & Sons Ltd

Business Address: James Donaldson & Sons Ltd, Suite A, Haig House, Haig Business Centre, Balgonie Road, Markinch KY7 6AQ

Country: Scotland,

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About James Donaldson & Sons Ltd

The company began in 1860, when James Donaldson started selling timber from Tayport in Fife and now is a UK-wide company with 23 branches.

James Donaldson & Sons Ltd is a highly successful family company and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010.

In the last 150 years, James Donaldson & Sons Ltd has grown to become one of the UK's leading independent processors, manufacturers and distributors of timber and engineered timber products. From one small branch in Fife, Scotland, Donaldson's has become a nationwide group with 23 operating branches across the UK as well as its Head Office in Scotland.

James Donaldson & Sons Ltd comprises four first class companies: timber importer and distributor James Donaldson Timber Ltd (JDT), engineered wood product manufacturer Donaldson Timber Engineering Ltd (DTE), timber merchant MGM Timber (Scotland) Ltd and hardwood supplier Parker Kislingbury Ltd (PK).

The company is currently chaired by the fifth generation of the Donaldson family, Neil Donaldson, with four family members involved in the business. Neil's father, George Donaldson is honorary president of the company, and Neil's two sons are also working within James Donaldson & Sons Ltd. Neil's eldest son Michael has worked with the company for eight years, and is General Manager of one of the Donaldson Timber Engineering Ltd branches. Neil's youngest son Andrew joined the company in 2010 from accountancy firm KPMG, and is now working as a Management Trainee.

Control of the business has passed directly from father to son throughout the 150 years, and this is a trend which looks set to continue. As current Chairman and Chief Executive Neil Donaldson explains, "My vision for the future is to build on the solid platform which exists today. Today's managers are merely custodians for the managers of tomorrow. It is our responsibility to hand over the business in stronger shape than it was when we assumed responsibility."

James Donaldson & Sons Ltd has proved itself to be a very strong business, never more so than during the recession of the past three years, which has hit the housing market hard. Under these circumstances the business has remained remarkably resistant and outperformed many. Not only has it survived, but is has also made a profit.

As a family business, James Donaldson & Sons Ltd has a real family ethos which is highlighted by the trust, loyalty and long-service of its employees. Within the company, a number of employees have enjoyed 25 years of service, and in 2010 Donaldson's longest-serving employee made it to 50 years in service. Remarkably, he has celebrated the company's 150th anniversary, 125th anniversary, and even the 100th anniversary. Examples like this demonstrate what kind of company James Donaldson & Sons is to work for: one where you also feel a part of the family; where you are respected; and where you want to stay.