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Annan resident, Tony Buckley, has come full circle from his first job when leaving school. Brought up in Cumbria, Tony started at 16 as an apprentice at nearby M-Sport; Malcolm Wilson's well-known rallying company. Tony trained as a wiring technician and became thoroughly at home making wiring looms for rally cars.

Now, with advice and support from the CX Project, he has his own company making those specialist wiring looms from an industrial unit in Annan. Tony said, "It was coincidence that local engineering firm, Colin Telfer, builds and races rally cars and mentioned his struggle to find wiring support for his vehicles. I offered to do it for him and this led to an introduction and further work. I have now made a wiring loom that competed in the Welsh GB rally and for local rally drivers Lee Hastings and David Bogie.

However, without the CX Project, I would have been limited to odd jobs from home. With their help I put together a good business plan and turn a concept idea into a real business. In less than 6 months, the CX Project helped meant I now work from an industrial unit. At some point in the near future I plan to take on an apprentice. Bev Bamford's encouragement was great"

Rally driver, David Bogie, said, "We want the very best for our competition rally car. Tony has that focused attention to detail that is vital for our chances of winning. The products we use on the car have to be high quality and 100% reliable and that's what we get with Mapleco. It is a bonus for me that the company is in Dumfries and Galloway."

Colin Smyth, Chair of the Council's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, said, "This astonishingly rapid progress by Tony is tribute both to his enthusiasm and expertise, and to the support he has received from the CX Project. Mapleco Motorsport has the potential to become a company known across the UK and it is precisely this kind of small start up with big potential that we want to encourage."

Site Director for Magnox at Chapelcross, John Grierson, said, "I'm particularly pleased to see Mapleco Motorsport's progress because Tony is well known to me as a former colleague at Chapelcross. He has combined successfully his experience in the motor sport business, his knowledge of electronics and his management skills in this start-up. Mapleco Motorsport is exactly the kind of business we want to see coming forward for advice and support. Clearly, it is not just the grant that has made the difference for Tony, but also the business planning and advice."

Tony tells Annan TV how the CX Project helped with his business plan and grant funding

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