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Buckie support for key workers moves into top gear


By Alan Beresford

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BUCKIE area businesses have all been doing their bit to help as the Covid-19 lockdown makes a huge impact on people's lives, and for one local firm keeping key workers mobile has come top of the list.

Moravian Motors owner Charles Milne has put his fleet of company vehicles at the disposal of key workers to help cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Moravian Motors owner Charles Milne has put his fleet of company vehicles at the disposal of key workers to help cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Moravian Motors and Regency Car Sales in the town may have closed their respective showrooms, but are still available to carry out vehicle checks and repairs on key workers' vehicles so they can continue to make their invaluable contributions to the fight against the coronavirus.

The firms' owner, Buckie man Charles Milne, was keen to praise the whole business community for rallying round in a time of unprecedented need for the community.

"Every business here is trying to do what it can to help with the resources we've got," he said.

"It's being done for the good of the community; I spend a lot of time on the phone each day talking to other businesses in Buckie and what we're speaking about is how to help people.

"A lot of firms have already come forward – the attitude out there has been excellent – and we want as many as possible to join the party.

"I've spent 35 years worrying about a balance sheet but now that doesn't matter, you realise it's the people that matter."

Mr Milne, who also owns the Regency dealership in Elgin, went on to say that for his companies, placing their technical and vehicle resources at the disposal of those who need it most was their contribution.

"While the showrooms are obviously closed we've kept the workshops open to offer repairs and vehicle checks for key workers who may need them," he continued.

"It's vital we help keep these people moving.

"Any key worker who needs this service should call the garage and they will get a recorded message with my email address. If they then ping over an email explaining what they need someone will get back to them.

"We've also put all of our fleet cars – about 40 vehicles in all – at the disposal of Moray Council for the use of key workers."

With many employees facing an uncertain future as all but the most essential outlets remain open, Mr Milne's staff are being paid as the dealerships hunker down to ride out the Covid-19 storm.

He added: "As an employer you've got speak to your staff and look after them in times like this.

"It's a tough time, a worrying time for us all."

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