News Scotland’s Leading Timber Firm James Donaldson Sons Scoops Family Business Award

One of the UK’s leading timber distributors scooped a prestigious accolade at an awards ceremony in London earlier this month.

Scottish-based James Donaldson & Sons was named the Family Business of the Year in the Agriculture, Forestry & Farming category at the event, which was organised by award-winning online magazine Family Business United (FBU) and held at the capital’s Mayfair Hotel.

The business, which started as one small branch in Fife 150 years ago, now operates out of 23 branches across the country which comprise of the company’s subsidiaries: Donaldson Timber Engineering Ltd, MGM Timber (Scotland) Ltd, James Donaldson Timber Ltd and James Donaldson Insulation Ltd.

Michael Donaldson, commercial manager for Donaldson’s subsidiary, MGM Timber, said: “We were delighted to be shortlisted but were over to moon when we won! Our business has been successfully led by a member of the Donaldson family for over a century and my brother Andrew and I can only hope that we continue to operate the company in the same vein in the future.

“Our colleagues deserve huge recognition. Their continued commitment and hard work are helping us to grow and expand the business.”

Now in their fourth year, the Family Business of the Year awards recognise the diversity, strength and depth of family firms across the UK and seek to highlight the contribution that family firms make to the UK economy.

Paul Andrews, founder and managing director of FBU said: “We were delighted to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses for the 2016 awards, some that have succeeded for numerous generations and continue to thrive, and others that are relatively young but have great values at the heart of what they do.

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“The Donaldson Group is a worthy winner of this award with a long heritage to the business that is now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generations.

“The judges were impressed with the longevity of the family firm and the innovation and evolution of the business since it was founded. As a leading, independent processor, manufacturer and distributor of timber and timber products, Donaldson’s have strong family values at the heart of the firm and the business has good governance in place to help the current generations continue as custodians of the business for future generations.”

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