A SCOTTISH motorcycle dealership has secured £150,000 of funding to support it through the coronavirus pandemic, while achieving sales success in difficult conditions.

Ecosse Motorcycles has received the funding from Royal Bank of Scotland. The firm had secured an initial £130,000 last January to enable the purchase and refurbishment of a branch in Aberdeen. 

Ecosse opened the doors of its new branch in July, having moved from Hutcheon Street to 7,000 sq ft premises in the West Tullos industrial estate.

Royal Bank said of Ecosse: "It has already noted an increase in sales despite the challenging period."

The new showroom also features a bike repair shop, with the Aberdeen branch relocation expected to create three jobs over the next 12 months.

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Set up in 2005, Ecosse also operates in Dundee and employs 19 staff in total. Ecosse specialises in selling Yamaha and Honda models and is Aberdeen’s only supplier of the Royal Enfield brand.

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Ecosse founder and managing director Martin Marshall noted the biking community in Scotland was "close-knit".

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He said: “Undeniably, the past nine months have been challenging but the positive feedback...so far has been incredibly reassuring and we’re looking forward to continuing this success."