Leslie Smith & Co has a long trading history with a blacksmiths being on the existing site for about 150 years. The property provides an office / restroom, main workshop and workshop extension extending to around 355m2. The business provides a unique engineering service across the Black Isle and surrounding area. This popular business has developed into a metal working business delivering a wide range of engineering solutions providing services to a broad spectrum of businesses and private customers. Within the workshops there is a wide spectrum of engineering equipment and tools. A feature of the sale is the original furnace, which although it is rarely used in modern engineering, it provides a true feel of the importance of this business to the local and broader communities over many years.
Leslie Smith & Co enjoys a good reputation for the services it provides to the area. Contracts exist with various local clients as well as a number of smaller business to business customers. The business is being sold as a going concern and full trading figures will be provided post viewing; it is a profitable operation and with new motivated and skilled owners could be developed further. The current owner / operators are keen to sell as a trading entity and wish to see the business continue its extant operation with new blood driving trade to new levels. As a consequence, they would be willing to provide new owners with support and training where necessary. At this time, they will be reluctant to sell the business to a new operator who has no intention of retaining the extant model and who would wish to cease trading within the engineering sector.
REASON FOR SALE
The current owner has operated Leslie Smith & Co for many years; it is a desire to retire and ill health which brings this rare opportunity to the market.
The property is set within a site that extends to around 0.376 of an acre with parking and storage to the front aspects. The buildings are set over the ground floor only and are purpose built providing ease of access via numerous high set roller doors.
There has been a Smithy on the site for about 120 years with the existing buildings dating from the 1980s; the owners retained the original forge when developing the property.
OFFICE / RESTROOM
There is an administration unit to the side of the main building which has a ramp access. Within this unit there is a staff restroom and a manager’s office with windows to each area affording natural light. The office has an adjoining door to the machine room. There are panel heaters within the office and strip lighting. The combined size of the office is about 22m2
All set to the ground floor, there is a main production room to the rear and a new (the Extension) unit to the front. The property comprises steel framed units with block construction and solid concrete construction of floors, with fibre cement roof sheets. Vehicle entrance doors (4.1m clearance) in both units. The rear main unit has a net internal area of around 209m2 and benefits from double access drive through doors; one set to the front of the building and a further set to the right-hand side. To the right-hand side of the main production room is a separate machine shop. There is a staff W.C. off the main workshop area. The extension has an internal area of about 120m2 and also has a vehicle access door.
Services include mains water, electricity and drainage.
The business is located in one of the most popular scattered rural communities on the Black Isle. Primary schooling is available at Resolis primary school with secondary education at Fortrose or Dingwall Academy. The market town of Dingwall is approx 10 miles away offering a range of services and facilities to include shops, supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, community centre as well as a gym and swimming pool. The Highland capital city of Inverness is approximately 18 miles away and offers city facilities to include shops, retail centre, multi-screen cinema, Eden Court theatre and has travel links by road, rail and air to further destinations. The Black Isle Show is a large agricultural show held each August which brings an abundance of visitors to the area. A further attraction in the area are the distilleries such as Glenwyvis Distillery, Glen Ord Distillery, Dalmore Distillery and Glenmorangie Distillery; these distilleries have visitor centres providing guided tours.