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ScotPlant 2022 and Paragon’s plans for SME support in Scotland

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We caught up with Paragon’s Regional Director for SME Lending, Fraser Tilley ahead of this year’s ScotPlant exhibition in Edinburgh. As well as talking about the exhibition, Fraser shares exciting plans for Paragon’s position in the Scottish market.

This is the first time Paragon has exhibited at ScotPlant, what are you hoping to get out of the show?

Our presence at ScotPlant will provide Paragon with the opportunity to meet customers old and new. In addition, our attendance will help to raise our brand profile at what is regarded as a major and prestigious trade show for the construction sector in Scotland.    

What is Paragon’s plan for the Scottish market?

Paragon’s plan for Scotland is simple, we intend to grow and develop further our already well established position within construction. We’ll do this by continuing to assist customers, manufacturers and dealers through our innovative approach to products and the accessibility of our systems.

What level of demand are you seeing for construction assets in Scotland presently?

Demand for construction assets new and used remains strong, often outstripping availability, given well publicised supply chain issues being faced primarily by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM).

What other sectors are performing well in Scotland?

Scotland’s economic performance continues to come from energy (oil and gas/renewables), agriculture, business and financial services, manufacturing and property. All of which directly or indirectly create significant upside benefits for our domestic construction sector.  

In conjunction with our NHS and universities, our health and life sciences sector continues to fulfil a critical role in the development, testing and manufacture of pharmaceutical services, MedTech, medicines and industrial biotech in this post-Covid period.  

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