Tweed marketing base opens up new horizons for Astra

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EXPERTS in ripping, crushing and pulverising equipment, Astra Site Services will launch its future sales and marketing operations from new offices in the Borders from Monday.

A major British company, Astra, which is now boasted to be the country’s largest excavator attachment hire firm, is opening new offices at Tweed Horizons, near Newtown St Boswells.

The 1000sq ft office space has been secured at the modern river-side facility, and the first three local staff have already been recruited and started their training.

Astra has grown from its initial base and head office in Bathgate and now has a network of depots throughout the country to offer a nationwide service. With a total workforce of up to 50, further new depots were opened last year in London and Birmingham, with an additional facility following in Bristol this year.

The expansions have all helped to cement the firm’s position as an industry leader when it comes to the supplying of a comprehensive range of hydraulic attachments for both sale and hire nationwide.

But problems in recruiting and retaining quality staff in cities such as Manchester and London saw Astra’s managing director, Jedburgh man Mark Graham, propose transferring the company’s sales and marketing department to Tweed Horizons.

Marketing co-ordinator Char-lotte Evans says Mr Graham felt that with a pool of high calibre staff, the Borders was the ideal area in which to relocate his sales and marketing operation. “Mark believes there is real potential to grow this side of the company from a base in the Borders over the next two or three years,” she said.

“We have already recruited the first three staff for the new offices and we will start operating from Tweed Horizons as from Monday.

“The aim is to eventually build up the team to 10 employees.

“We are an ambitious company which welcomes fresh ideas from all our staff. We pride ourselves on the service and products we offer and strive to be at the forefront of innovation within the fast-paced and ever-expanding plant hire industry.

“The only skills we ask applicants to have are ambition, enthusiasm and a desire to succeed and be part of a real team with an eye to the future. We don’t want people who see this as just any old job, but ambitious individuals who wish to start a career in which they can have a say.

“Mark was born and bred in Jedburgh and still lives in the town, and he is confident the Borders workforce holds the key to solving our recruitment needs with enthusiastic staff of the high quality we need.”