FAMILY FIRM, Old Plean Roofing has been admitted to the prestigious Guild of Master Craftsmen.
The company, run by Mark and Fiona Thornton, is the first Scottish specialist roofing firm in seven years to be accredited by the Guild in recognition of its high standards and expertise.
The Old Plean Roofing team, based in Old Plean, Stirling, are honoured to gain membership of the organisation, which represents both modern day and traditional craftspeople and promotes excellence and integrity.
High quality roofing
Fiona said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this accreditation which really reflects the standards we have always aimed for and the type of high-quality roofing and customer service we offer.
“When we launched the business two years ago, we did so with the aim of improving industry standards and offering local people an honest, efficient roofing service with a high level of competency.
“Our philosophy is to invest in training and to promote roofing as a worthwhile trade and career.
“It’s wonderful to be recognised for the work we are doing and to receive this seal of approval from an organisation as prestigious as the Guild of Master Craftsmen.”
The team at Old Plean Roofing was selected for membership of the Guild, the UK’s oldest trade association, following a vetting procedure which included customer references and an assessment of their workmanship and business practices.
The accolade highlights the firm’s commitment to first class service and entitles them to display the Guild’s emblem which is recognised as a mark of quality workmanship.
Passionate about roofing
Mark Thornton is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Institute of Roofing (IoR) and has worked for over three decades in the construction industry.
Mark started in the roofing industry by helping at his father’s company, James Thornton Roofing Contractors, while he was still at school, before joining the family firm when he was 17. He started his working life as a labourer before progressing to Contracts Manager, Lead Estimator and Operations Director.
Mark said: “I’ve always been passionate about roofing and achieving the highest possible standards for our industry.
“We pride ourselves on our reputation and so I’m thrilled we’ve been granted this accreditation.”
The Much Hon. Duncan Paisley of Westerlea, Chief Assessor (Scotland) for the Guild of Master Craftsmen, said he was pleased to welcome Old Plean Roofing as a company that maintains the values of craftsmanship valued by the Guild.
He said: “Mark and Fiona Thornton are continuing the rich trade and craft heritage of the historic guilds which date back to the 14th century and embody the traditional values which are essential to be recognised as Master Craftsmen.
“I was overjoyed to see them accredited as members of the Guild and they are to be commended for their undoubted hands-on skills, qualifications, consistent high-quality work and commitment to customer service.
“Old Plean Roofing are the first specialist roofers in their category in Scotland to be accepted as Guild members in seven years so they should be very proud of what they have achieved.”
Roofing industry experience
Mark and Fiona set up Old Plean Roofing in January 2019 after several years running Thornton Construction Consultants – a highly regarded consultancy providing technical advice on roofing to construction businesses.
They decided to use Mark’s 30+ years of industry experience to expand into the residential market covering Central Scotland and Fife.
Since then, the firm has taken on new staff and now employs five roofers as well as an administrative assistant.
The Old Plean Roofing team specialises in flat roofing and also pitched roofs with services including repairing roofs following water, wind or theft damage.