Chamber News 22nd January 2016
Karen & Mark Dinardo
What does your business do? Our 2nd generation family business was started in 1969 by our father Carlo who is a Civil and Structural Engineer. He set up Dinardo Partnership, a Civil/Structural Consulting engineering business. He moved to Paisley in 1973 and we have been based here ever since. The business diversified in the 1980s into commercial and residential property investment. At around the same time we moved to Mirren Court, Renfrew Road, Paisley. We also own and operate Mirren Drawing Office Services which serves local Architects and Builders by offering large format printing and stationery from their shop in Back Sneddon Street with state of the art digital printers.
What are you most proud of when it comes to your company? We are proud to have been involved in so many construction projects at home and overseas and to have formed strong links with many friends in the construction and property sector. We also have a passion for converting old, run down, properties and upgrading them and bringing them back into meaningful use.
What do you find most enjoyable in day-to-day business life? We enjoy the challenges each day brings and solving problems and having multi-disciplinary businesses brings us into contact with a variety of interesting people, whether they be government agencies, small contractors, professionals and the general public.
What are your ambitions for the future? We would like to continue to expand and grow our business and improve the services we offer, to meet and exceed our clients and customers expectations. Paisley is a good base for covering the country from.
How has the business changed over the years? Our business has evolved from roots in Engineering Consultancy (at one time it was one of the top five largest in Scotland) to include Mirren Drawing Office to meet their printing requirements and further through DP Group into property investment over the last 20 years or so. All three areas are still independently operated by the second generation which is looking to the future.
What are your top three priorities? Our priorities are to improve our service to our clients and tenants, to nurture and grow opportunities and run a family business we can be proud of.
Can you offer three tips to new-start businesses? Build on solid foundations, put in a lot of hard work seek cost effective solutions and stick with it through thick and thin and enjoy the experience.
Why is Renfrewshire a great place to run a business? Renfrewshire is a fantastic place to run a business because of the local people, its history and traditions and its many historic buildings. It has great transport links with the Airport, M8 and rail links on the door step. The future is looking bright for Paisley and Renfrewshire.
Has anything weird or wonderful happened in your working life? A couple of things have happened, being in residential letting we meet a variety of people and once our local agent found a new tenant for one of our higher end rental properties. She was delighted to inform us the prospective tenant had a title of “Lady”…we too were excited but it wasn’t quite as it seemed, as when the reference checks were done it was revealed that the Title “Lady” had apparently been bought on Ebay! On the engineering side, we were involved with archaeologists digging at a housing site of our Clients in Aberdeen and came across a medieval monastery – seeing what was discovered was fascinating!
What is the main thing you have learned since being involved in the business? Be flexible and willing to adapt. Take opportunities when they arise and its true what they say the harder you work the better the results but a little luck along the way does help!