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Having a positive attitude and being flexible are vital attributes for businesses recovering from the COVID-19 downturn. That is the message from Bob Purvis, Chairman of The Purvis Group.

Bob, with his wife Ella, set up Robert Purvis Plant Hire Ltd 40 years ago - the foundation stone of what was to become The Purvis Group. From what was the original ‘man with a van’ and with only a small rented site in Lochgelly, this highly successful, multi-million pound business was born. With a focus on growing organically, The Purvis Group supplies an array of construction services, ranging from plant hire and transport (its original offering) to recycling plants and container and cabin supply, via Thistle Site Accommodation.

Like most businesses, The Purvis Group has had its share of ups and downs over the years, and it has dealt with, and responded successfully to, a whole range of challenges, both internal and external. Lately, it’s been building up its resilience and a renewed confidence to come through COVID-19 lockdown as unscathed as it can. There are opportunities on the horizon and The Purvis Group is adapting to capitalise on them! For example, Hatrick Bruce is currently supporting NHS Fife and NHS Tayside with essential infrastructure works and emergency cover, whilst the Group’s logistical services are in demand shipping pallets across the UK for Amazon’s Dunfermline fulfilment centre.

Despite the downturn, The Purvis Group is investing significantly in the business, including new premises, designed to bring most of its business entities under one roof in Lochgelly. Also, two new lorries in a striking 40th anniversary livery have been delivered, adding to Robert Purvis Plant Hire’s extensive transport fleet.

As the business reopens, it will also be facing changes to protect the safety of its 400-strong workforce. Investment in new equipment and technology to ensure that social distancing can be adhered to has been made, along with an abundance of PPE and a host of new procedures and systems written to ensure safety.

Craig Purvis, Managing Director of Robert Purvis Plant Hire Ltd, said:

“Having a can-do, flexible approach to business is so important, and is supporting our emergence post-COVID-19. We’ve had to make changes and, whilst we know we won’t come out of this period of downturn unscathed, we are seeking new opportunities for various elements of the business.”

Bob Purvis said:

“The business has come a long way in 40 years. Looking back, it’s evolved so much, yet our core values remain the same. We have always, and will always, be flexible and responsive towards our clients and their needs and, most importantly, we view all our staff as partners rather than employees.”

The Purvis Group will move to its new premises on the Avenue in Lochgelly once works are complete, displaying a commitment to basing his business in his home town, a commitment from which Bob Purvis has never wavered in his 40 years in business!

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