Business consultant Liz Watson has taken over The Mobility Centre, a business which supplies public and private clients across the west of Scotland.
Watson’s newly formed Redloan Holdings acquired the East Kilbride firm from Susan Laughlin and husband Stephen, who founded it more than eight years ago. The deal was completed with help from a six-figure loan from HSBC UK.
All three existing staff have been retained at The Mobility Centre’s shop, which sells mobility products and living aids, such as wheelchairs, reclining chairs and scooters to the NHS, local authorities, sheltered housing organisations, charities and private individuals.
Watson is a former software engineer who studied Entrepreneurship at Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts through the Entrepreneurial Scotland Saltire Fellowship.
She aims to increase online sales after reviewing the business’s products, branding, website and advertising.
Watson, who runs Glasgow-based business consultancy Data Shoogle, said: “I’m thrilled to take ownership of The Mobility Centre and am very grateful to HSBC UK for the financial support that enabled me to purchase the business. I’m looking forward to continuing to provide the fantastic service and range of products in our East Kilbride store, and establishing online sales going forward.”
Susan Rowand, head of business banking in Scotland for HSBC UK, said: “Liz is an experienced business consultant with ambitious plans for The Mobility Centre. Her strategy is set to boost in-store and online sales of products which play an important role in improving people’s lives locally.
“Women-owned businesses make an important contribution to the Scottish economy and we’re keen to provide support to female entrepreneurs in Scotland to help them reach their ambitions.”