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James Donaldson & Sons driving innovation with launch of new home office furniture business

The James Donaldson Group, a leading Scottish timber and manufacturing specialist, has announced the arrival of its latest business, Buzz Home Office, which will offer expertly crafted, made-to-measure home office and study solutions. Launching to market in January 2021, Buzz Home Office is a new business, developed to embrace homeworking lifestyles that have come as a result of the Coronavirus ...

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Flooring Joist Prices: Posi Joists Vs I-Joists

A common discussion among the house building industry is around the differences between I-joist and metal web joists. In this article we will discuss this in relation to pricing. Posi joists are often used over I-joists due to their span capabilities and the ability to pass services through the metal webs without the need for drilling. We recently wrote about I-Joist ...

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What are the different types of roof trusses?

A roof truss consists of top chords, bottom chords, internal web members and steel connector plates at all junctions to connect the timbers together and the combination of timber and plates support the roof loadings throughout the truss and down into the load bearing supports below. Timber roof trusses can be used to frame a wide range of roofs, both ...

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Neil Donaldson bows out after 45 years at family firm

Neil Donaldson has announced his retirement from leading timber specialist, James Donaldson & Sons, after 45 years with the business, as he hands over the reins to the sixth generation. Neil joined Donaldson’s in 1975, after graduating from Heriot-Watt University with an MSc in Business Studies. He grew up spending his school holidays working for the family business, but his ...

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James Donaldson Group Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Leading timber specialist, James Donaldson and Sons Ltd (JDS) today announced Arlene Cairns is joining the Group as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 3rd 2020. Arlene joins JDS from Aviva, where she was Chief Finance Operations Officer responsible for leading Global Finance Operations as well as leading their Global Finance Transformation. Arlene joined Aviva 3 years ago ...

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Sixth Generation takes the reins at James Donaldson & Sons

Leading timber specialist, James Donaldson & Sons has announced its new senior team, as Andrew Donaldson and Michael Donaldson take over as chief executive officer and chairman. As the business celebrates its 160th anniversary, 2020 is a momentous year for the Group, with the change in leadership also marking the sixth generation of Donaldsons to run the family firm. Andrew ...

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James Donaldson and Sons announces charity partnership with Maggie’s

Fife-based timber expert, James Donaldson & Sons has announced its charity partnership with Maggie’s, due to span over the next 12 to 18 months.

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James Donaldson & Sons group managing director to step down next year

Scott Cairns has announced that he will be stepping down from his role as group managing director for James Donaldson & Sons, effective July 2020. As the first ever non-family member to lead the group, his tenure has seen the 160-year-old family business double in turnover to almost £200 million, with several consecutive years of record profitability up to the present day. ...

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James Donaldson Group appoints Diageo director Pamela Scott to its board of directors

Leading timber firm, James Donaldson & Sons has appointed Pamela Scott, currently global operational excellence director at Diageo, to its board of directors.

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