Change at the top for Ellon firm

Kevin and dad Brian Milne
Kevin and dad Brian Milne

A local Ellon-based business is to welcome the third generation of its family owners and a fun day has been organised to mark the occasion.

Brian Milne will hand over the running Lawrence Milne to his son Kevin and Gordon Lawrence.

Brian’s father Lawrence originally set up the business back in 1937 at Station Road before it was moved to Union Street.

Current business owner Brian started working at the firm as an apprentice for his father in 1954.

Speaking to the Times, he said: “I started out doing general painting and glazing, I was thrown right in the deep end.”

The family business was passed on to Brian when Lawrence retired in the 80’s and it seems history is about to repeat itself as Kevin prepares to take charge.

Kevin said: “Dad has been winding down for the last five to ten years so the change won’t be too daunting.

“I’m proud to be taking on the business that has been in the family for over 75 years.”

Brian added: “There won’t be much of a change for me but I’ll still do odds and ends if he asks me.”

Kevin will take charge of the firm alongside business partner Gordon Lawrence who has been with Lawrence Milne for over 20 years.

Brian said: “The business will be in good hands.”

Kevin’s mother, Anne, will also be stepping down from the retail side of the business after 25 years.

Commenting on the changes he has seen in the business over the years, Brian said: “Everything was much smaller back then, we employed around 10 painters and had two or three vans when we first started but now we have 60 painters and 32 vans.

“In total we have 85 members of staff and that includes managers, decorators and shop staff.”

A Family Fun Day and BBQ has been organised to mark Brian’s retirement.

The event will be held at the firm’s unit at Balmacassie Commercial Park in Ellon on Saturday, August 20 from 12 noon to 4pm.

Entry to the event is free but donations on the day will be given to local charity, ‘Kayleigh’s Wee Stars’.