Your business in good company

RMD Power & Cooling

With great transport links, good business accommodation and a skilled workforce, Alloa should be blowing its own trumpet much more.

That’s the view of RMD Power & Cooling managing director John Smykala, who chose Alloa as home for his company after being based in Glasgow and then Menstrie.

“We moved to Cooperage Way business centre, and later to our present home in The Harlands, which we own ourselves.

“Cooperage Way, run by Ceteris, is all serviced, and a great facility for incoming businesses.

“The best thing that has happened recently for Alloa is the new train station – without a doubt. As well as local people, some of our staff come from Dunfermline, Falkirk and Larbert, and the train is a good option for them.

“The train – and the good road links – is important to us as a business too: a lot of our customers are in England, so good transport and communication links are vital. The proximity to both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports is important too.”

John believes both businesses and employees should avoid the temptation to move to the big cities for progress.

“It’s important for businesses to support the local economy, and I very much believe in growing the business locally.

“It certainly hasn’t done us any harm. We don’t seem to be suffering the same downturn as everybody else and, indeed, we’re in the process of recruiting to add to our present staff of about 20 people.”

RMD was founded by Robert M Donaldson in Glasgow, in the 1930s, as an electrical wholesaler, but was bought by John Smykala 17 years ago and transformed into a trusted and respected power protection company used by clients as diverse as the Blood Transfusion Service and Amazon.

From small server rooms to cutting edge data centres, RMD, with an annual turnover of between £3.5million and £4million, is one of the few UK companies that can design, supply, install and maintain power and cooling.