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Glasgow's Family Firms Are Creating More Jobs



Possilpark-based Allied Vehicles is on course to have its most successful year ever and has been recruiting heavily to facilitate this. In the last 12-months alone an additional 200 employees have joined, taking the head count to nearly 700 staff.

Allied Vehicles primary revenue stream is to adapt vehicles for the wheelchair accessible vehicle market. These vehicles truly change people’s live and support people with disabilities to maintain their independence.

January saw Allied Vehicles bring in another 40 members of staff, their largest single increase in employees, and that promises to continue.

Allied Vehicles owner, Gerry Facenna said,

“When I first started Allied, I wanted to create jobs and opportunities for people in the local community. As we succeed and grow, it’s been fantastic to see this continue at pace.”

Allied Vehicles also contributes nearly £250,000 annually to the local and wider communities through its Charitable Trust. In January £20,000 is being donated to worthy causes including local schools, sports teams and community food pantries.

Mr Facenna added,

“Our Charitable Trust is so important to so many north Glasgow charities and community organisations. Supporting organisations like The Courtyard Pantry, who are doing amazing things to help local people in food poverty is the reason the Trust was created in the first place."

"Seeing the smiles on the faces of local school children who we support to go on school trips that would otherwise be out of reach due to the cost-of-living crisis and increasing poverty gaps makes it all so worthwhile.”

Expansion plans are in place for Allied Vehicles to continue to grow and expand both locally and internationally. The demand for wheelchair accessible vehicles has never been higher and capacity to be able to adapt these vehicles has already doubled in the past 12-months.

Mr Facenna concluded, “It’s such an exciting time for Allied as we continue to see record levels of success. We will carry on creating jobs and investing in the community. This is the area I grew up in, the area where the Allied story began, and we want to see Possilpark flourish again.”

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