Scottish merchant Timber & Plywood Services (TPS) has transformed a neglected, empty warehouse into its new base in an investment totalling about £575,000.

TPS, started by former MLM depot manager Alistair Wilkie in 2003, moved onto the site, which houses showroom, sales area and offices, four weeks ago.

“It’s a more modern building with clear space,” said Mr Wilkie. “We can stock 20-25% more product than the old site.”

TPS has invested in cantilever racking, an upgraded counterbalance fork lift, a side-tracker fork lift, timber barrows and Bistrack merchant management software.

The building is also on the main road, with a dedicated unloading bay at the rear.

Mr Wilkie told TTJ that TPS had adopted a fairly aggressive strategy to attract business.

“We’ve been successful in attracting new customers but we’ve had to play the game in making sure price and service are the same as some others are offering,” he said. “Unless you are proactive in attracting business then you just do not get it.

“There is work out there but everyone wants a bargain.”

New products recently added include Hoppings’ Q-Deck decking boards and Q-Grip slip resistant decking, as well as Twinson composite decking.