Vet practice wins rotary award

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Veterinary practice Renton Swan has been named Business of the Year at Berwick Rotary Club’s annual awards ceremony.

The trophy for Small Business of the Year was won by Michael Barnett and David Bruce who run the successful printing firm of Shiel and Morrison in Spittal.

The Jubilee Trophy for outstanding work for the community went to Kate Stephenson, the Sheriff’s Lady, for the fantastic efforts she has put into the development of the Watchtower Gallery at Tweedmouth.

Club president Simon Landels, who presented the awards, told members that Renton Swan was established in 1980 in a portable unit on Mount Road, Tweedmouth and quickly grew into a well respected practice. They moved into the West End and, in 2008, opened a purpose-built centre in Berwick.

The business started with a handful of staff but has now expanded to six partners, 10 vets, nine nurses and carers and seven administrative staff in Berwick, Coldstream and Duns.

Apart from their important farming work, they treat domestic pets, have built up a strong equine service and provided vital help to BARK and the Swan and Wildlife Trust.

Replying, Graeme Reavley said the farm work was very important and the basis of the business. He praised the work of the three original partners, Charles Renton, his son Stuart and Gena Swan.

Shiel and Morrison was established by Graham Shiel and Jim Morrison in 1978 at premises in Main Street, Tweedmouth. When Graham retired in 2006 the business was sold to two former employees - Michael Barnett and David Bruce. In 2008 they moved into the former Spellman’s garage in Spittal. Their success was very much a team effort and they had provided high quality printing work.

Mr Barnett said they paid a great deal of attention to customer service. He said he was delighted to win the title.

Mrs Stephenson bought the Watchtower building and converted it into a great gallery space and a recording studio and a home where everyone was welcome.

In reply, she said the work could not have been done without the help of Michael Richardson and his building staff. The gallery space was sufficient to show the largest of her late husband’s paintings and world class artists were now exhibiting.

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