Customers of fabricator-installer Cairngorm Windows can be more at ease about having fitters in their homes post-lockdown since the company invested in a mobile ‘welfare unit’ with canteen, washing and toilet facilities.

While non-emergency home visits still remain out of bounds in Scotland, the Inverness-based business is preparing for the return, probably in the next four to six weeks, so that the fitting teams will have these home comforts independently of the customers’ homes.

Joint MD Scott Dowling said: “Investing in our own mobile unit means our staff can be kept separate from the families whose property is being worked on and do not have to share their facilities. Our people can make their own cup of tea and have somewhere to eat lunch, wash up or use the toilet.”

The addition is part of £100,000 of investments along with a glass-lifting machine from Denmark capable of lifting a load of 600 kilograms.

Joint MD Chris Dowling, pictured, left, with brother Scott, said “We are delivering to housebuilders from the Black Isle  to West Lothian, so we have been looking to further reinforce our production process. This is why we have acquired the Danish heavy glass lifter, which is the most advanced in its sector, with a lifting capacity  in excess of 100 stones.

He added: “In addition to the 10 new jobs created in December, we have taken on a further four manufacturing  people in the last couple of weeks, taking us up to a workforce of 110.”

Cairngorm, which began in Inverness 68 years ago,  also has outlets in Elgin and Thurso.