• Long established and highly profitable monumental sculpting business.
• Trading in memorial and monument sculpting, the business has strong year- round trade generating an excellent net profit.
• Secure compound coupled with office cabin and well-equipped workshop facilities offering a turn key business operation.
• Easy to operate fully automated business, with a period of mentorship from current owners available.DESCRIPTION
John Hood and Son Monumental Sculptors in Dingwall were established in the early 1900's and specialise in sculpting and renovation of memorials, gravestones and headstones. Ideally positioned centrally in the popular Ross shire town of Dingwall, the business is easily accessible with a prime trading location. The business benefits from a steady supply of year-round trade generating a turnover in the region of £300,000, resulting in an attractive level of net profitability (£169,000) in 2019. The business trades from a timber unit extending c23m2 within a secure compound extending to c0.4 of an acre. The timber unit is split into two distinct spaces, a customer waiting area with administrative office space and the fully equipped manufacturing workshop. Externally the grounds allow for the secure storage of bulk stone items. This easy to operate business would ideally suit someone with a background in stonework, however, if a new owner came in with no experience, we are assured by our clients that they would be happy to conduct a handover period while the new operator gained the British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons headstone fixing test (1 day course) and became comfortable with operating the business.BUSINESS OPERATION
This well-established business has been trading since the early 1900's, in its current configuration for over 50 years, with a full-time husband and wife team with one additional long serving member of staff. It is a solid and sustainable business benefiting from a strong reputation across the Highlands, operating across a number of monumental and memorial disciplines. Hood and Sons has an excellent reputation for the quality of its workmanship and customer service. The business operates between the hours of 8-5pm Monday to Friday closing between 1pm and 2pm over lunch, they also offer Saturday appointments when required to suit the requirements of their customers. Customers can browse a selection of bespoke stones before narrating their chosen message, we are advised that with advancements in technology, software packages reduce the skill levels required to complete the work. The workshop is well equipped with a range of masonry items including an air compressor, MCR, and sandblaster which allows the sculpting of a wide range of headstones, gravestones and monuments. The new owner would be required to complete a 1-day course to be competent installing their work at the cemetery. As alluded to above we are advised that the current owner is happy to offer a period of mentorship until the new operator is comfortable.REASON FOR SALE
The current owners have operated the business for over 50 years, it is a genuine desire to retire that reluctantly brings John Hood and Son on the market.LOCATION
The town of Dingwall is located on the banks of the River Conon in the beautiful rural setting of Easter Ross-shire. With a population of circa 6,000 but with a much higher catchment area. The wider area benefits from thriving agricultural, engineering, tourism and port related businesses. Due to its location Dingwall is a centre of administration and as such is well provided for in terms of social, welfare and general services. The town has a long and established history and the wider area has a great many attractions such as castles, distilleries and golf courses. However, many visitors just come to enjoy the beautiful countryside and undertake hill walking. For those interested in field sports and fishing, rural Ross-shire offers unparalleled experiences with some outstanding salmon and trout fishing. The Cromarty Firth and Moray Firth are popular venues for adventurous water sports with the many Lochs in the region providing an outlet for a wide range of activities. These waterways also attract visitors because of the presence of dolphins, seals and minke whales. Dingwall is approximately 14 miles from Inverness, a vibrant centre of tourism and commerce with excellent communication links (Rail and Airport). Dingwall has primary and secondary education available within the town.THE PROPERTY
The original subjects are of timber construction under a felt cladding roof. The windows have security bars. There is mains electricity to the office and workshop however there are no other services on site. There are public toilet facilities and car parking in the town centre close by. The secure compound is set to flat ground extending to c0.4 of an acre and is accessible through a gated security entrance at street level. The business is surrounded by security fencing with a stone wall to rear.VEHICLE
Included in the sale is a 2014 Renault Master which is an upper medium sized van, with a 2.3 litre four-cylinder diesel engine.