Change of role for 155-year old business

Alistair Rhind (right) with Secure Storage Company directors David Burrows and John Hitchcock
Alistair Rhind (right) with Secure Storage Company directors David Burrows and John Hitchcock

A business which has been trading in Inverurie for 155 years is heading in a new direction.

Roofing specialists John Rhind have been a familiar name in the town since the 1860s.

But current owner Alistair Rhind has now diverted one of the firm’s outlets to David Burrows and John Hitchcock who have launched The Secure Storage Company.

The new venture will offer self-storage at Thainstone Business Park having identified a strong need for such a facility in the area.

Company director John Hitchcock, who has a background in oil and gas and commercial boat hire, said the new business would provide all manner of storage ranging from personal and domestic to commercial requirements.

He said: “We can provide storage for anything from cars and boats to house moves. It will be of particular interest to small businesses looking for additional storage space.”

Fellow director David Burrows, a forklift training and inspection expert, said The Secure Storage Company can provide custom-built containers for users and will undertake collection across the North-east.

“We have identified a strong need for this type of facility and we are delighted to have worked with Alistair Rhind to make it happen,” he said.

“The yard provides us with around 4500 sqm of storage and we fully expect a strong demand for our facility which will be available for use 24 hours a day.”

Established in 1863 by Andrew Rhind, John Rhind have been taking care of North-east roofs for nigh on 150 years.

Commenting on the deal, managing director Alistair Rhind - the fifth generation of his family to head the business - said the decision was made after a lot of thinking.

He explained: “I decided to retire and rent out my yard.

“Rates are increasing and that was just one factor I considered when making the decision.”

Speaking about the new venture, David Burrows said: “Myself and John have a lot of work to do but we are both very excited to get started.”

John Hitchcock added: “It looks to be a great site and we are accepting orders now.

“We hope to have the containers in next week and aim to get started at the beginning of April.”

Alistair has a few interests that he is keen to pursue in his retirement.