Scottish educational furniture manufacturer EME Furniture has announced that it has expanded its operations at its Sanquhar site in Dumfries & Galloway, investing £3m.

EME Furniture, part of the British Thornton group, has substantially increased its manufacturing capacity through facilitating a move to larger premises, employing a significant number of new staff and investing in high-tech machinery.

Previously housed in two separate buildings totalling 35,000sq ft, the EME Furniture factory has moved to a single building of 115,000sq ft, trebling its floor space.

The move has is expected to boost turnover from its £2.6m recoreded in 2015 to £5.5m in 2018, whilst also looking to create over 30 new jobs.

Gerard Toplass, CEO of British Thornton, said: “Scotland is a crucial area for us so it was a natural step to make such a big investment in our Sanquhar plant. The expansion of this plant will allow us to substantially increase capacity in line with the increased demand we’re seeing from both the Scottish and wider UK market.

"We’re confident that the investment in this plant will see the business go from strength to strength and continue to increase its market share in the British educational furniture market. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Dumfries and Galloway Council, who have been extremely helpful.”