The Beginnings – Plant Sales
The Morris Leslie Group was established over 35 years ago, by Mr Morris Leslie, based on a farm in Rait, Perthshire, where he began buying and selling construction equipment locally. He soon expanded to trading nationwide and then moved into the import/export market.
Errol Airfield – Plant Auctions
In 1988 RAF Errol Airfield was purchased. It was originally built as an airfield for use in World War II and since then had become disused. The airfield provided the ideal location for Morris to start auctioning plant. The auctions quickly grew in size and are now one of the biggest in Scotland, attracting buyers from all over Europe.
In the later 1980s the Group began selling and leasing Modular Buildings and Portable Cabins focusing on affordable instant accommodation.
1990sCar Boot Sale
Errol Airfield has become well-known for hosting Scotland’s largest car-boot-sale and outdoor market, which has grown rapidly in size and popularity since it started in 1992.
In 1997 Perth Airport was purchased. When the airport was acquired there were only 2 companies based there, employing 37 people. Today there are 46 companies employing over 350 people. The Group has invested a lot into the airport by refurbishing and developing the existing buildings and turning them into residential properties, serviced offices and workshops. Perth Airport has become accustomed to welcoming high profile figures such as the Queen, President George Bush, and Prince Andrew.
Tayside Self Storage
In the late 1990s the Group entered the Self Storage market and today rent out 233 containers that are housed in secure and insulated sheds. Caravan Storage is also popular, with purpose built enclosures, which store up to 218 caravans.
Skylodge was opened in 2000 and is based on Perth Airport. It provides lodge accommodation for business travellers, families and bus parties. The buildings, which house Skylodge, were initially used for accommodation for aviation students who were training on the airport. The buildings were refurbished and upgraded to create 60 en-suite bedrooms.
Modular Buildings Factory
In the 2000s the Group purchased a factory for bespoke modular buildings and portable cabins. Providing our customers with custom-built accommodation, manufacturing to their preferred specification.
In March 2007 Gregor Leslie expanded the groups auction division launching the company’s first ever vehicle only auction. The events proved such a success that they now take place twice weekly.
2010sClassic Vehicle and Machinery Auction
In 2012 our Vehicle Auctions division held its first Classic Vehicle and Machinery Auction. The auction was so successful that we now hold them every quarter. Previous auctions have had over 150 entries of classic cars, tractors, machinery, lorries, motorbikes and more than 1200 registered bidders.
In 2013 the Group acquired 3 Plant hire depots to take its total Hire Depots to 11 providing national coverage from Cornwall to Central Scotland.