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Sidey’s 80 Years of Growth Praised by Finance Secretary

Posted: August 16, 2012

As Sidey celebrates its 80th year of successful trading, the Perth based window and door manufacturer was given further reason to celebrate after receiving praise from Finance Secretary, John Swinney, for embarking on a programme of sustainable and controlled growth despite current challenges in the wider economy.During his visit, Mr Swinney met with a number of Sidey’s 169 strong workforce, including the company’s longest serving employee of 25 years. Sidey’s investment in its staff, service and product innovations is a major contributing factor to the strong market position that the company hold today.  Sidey’s Joint Managing Director-Commercial Sales, Steve Hardy explains – “We know how challenging things are at the moment for businesses such as ours, however I strongly believe that the key to sustainable growth and longevity is investing in our people and our products. This has allowed us to compete in existing markets and expand into new ones, creating a sustainable future for the company and our valued employee’s.

“It has been a pleasure having Mr Swinney visit our facilities today, especially as he kindly opened our factory back in 2004. It has provided an opportunity for him to witness first-hand the growth that the company has achieved in such a short space of time”.The Finance Secretary also took a tour of Sidey’s Manufacturing Facility, which the company has invested heavily in over the past 8 years.Finance Secretary John Swinney said: “Sidey is a great example of a successful Scottish manufacturer that is realising its growth plans with the support of Scottish Enterprise. “Last year Sidey announced plans to expand its workforce by creating 50 new jobs and during my visit I met the latest recruits and longest serving employees of the Perth based firm. I saw first-hand how the company is developing and producing innovative new products that will give them a competitive edge and help realise their ambitions to enter new markets. “The Scottish Government and our enterprise agencies are working hard to maintain Scotland’s position as the most supportive environment for business, and to help growing businesses like Sidey contribute to Scotland’s economic success.”