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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Branson boost for roads firm

BILLIONAIRE businessman Richard Branson has given his backing to a new roads firm from Dumfriesshire.

VICTORY . . . MacRebur’s Toby McCartney, above, receives the Voom award from Richard Branson

MacRebur won the prestigious Virgin Voom start up award at the competition finals in London yesterday.

And head judge Branson praised the company’s revolutionary roads surface, which uses waste plastics from landfill, saying “I quite like the idea of driving on roads made out of plastic and rubbish. ”

MacRebur was founded earlier this year by Toby McCartney, Gordon Reid and Nick Burnett, three friends from the Eaglesfield and Waterbeck areas.

In a joint statement, the trio said: “We are dazed, shocked and delighted to have won the Virgin Voom start up award. To get the backing of Virgin and Richard Branson is amazing and we’re looking forward to the future.”

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MacRebur’s Nick Burnett, left, and Gordon Reid, right, with Peter Kelly of Virgin Media Business, also a Voom judge
DELIGHTED . . . left to right: Toby and Kate McCartney, Nick and Lynn Burnett and Gordon and Fiona Reid
DELIGHTED . . . left to right: Toby and Kate McCartney, Nick and Lynn Burnett and Gordon and Fiona Reid with the Voom award

Full story in this week’s papers.

 

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