Business Successes

In the current difficult financial climate, it’s always welcome to hear of local businesses thriving. It’s equally welcome when those businesses are recognised by their customers for outstanding services and products.

D&G Autocare’s Fast Fit garage on Pitreavie Industrial Estate was recently named Scotland’s “Garage of the Year” by Motor Codes, the motor industry’s regulatory body. In addition, customers have voted the D&G Autocare Group as best MOT centres in Scotland and fourth best in the UK.

The owners and staff have obviously put a great deal of hard work into building up the business, latterly in an unfavourable economic climate. Clearly, they are striving to provide a first class service to their customers.

This follows another local business, Stephens the Bakers, being named Scottish Baker of the Year. Stephens’ famous steak bridies and morning rolls also earned recognition in the competition, with morning rolls winning best in category, based on the votes of customers from across Scotland, then judged by master bakers.

The success of local businesses is vital to restoring our economy and keeping it healthy, so these awards are good news for Dunfermline. With all the chain stores these days, which make every high street and shopping centre drearily similar, it is significant that our local successes are businesses offering strong customer service or signature products.

We live in the age of internet shopping, where consumers can easily purchase all manner of generic products online. My belief is that we can only restore our city centre and outlying areas to something of their former popularity if more businesses can offer distinctive products or outstanding service.

The above was originally written for Bill’s Dunfermline Press column. This version may vary slightly.

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