AN OLD Kilpatrick businessman is marking two years of success and creating new jobs at his electrical and security firm.

John Cooper, who moved to new premises in Whitecrook, said his firm is a year ahead of its business plan and hopes to double their turnover.

Last week the Post reported West Dunbartonshire’s business survival rate is the worst in Scotland, with just 54 per cent of firms lasting beyond three years.

But Mr Cooper said help from Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce and Business Gateway has been invaluable, particularly in developing a business plan.

He added: “Setting up in Clydebank was really important to me having lived in West Dunbartonshire for more than 20 years.

“It is a wonderful place both to live and to do business with great facilities, business support and transport links. I am really excited about the future prospects.”

Mr Cooper, who set up JC Electrical and Security Solutions after 15 years working in the offshore security industry, now has four staff on site.

Damon Scott, chief executive of the chamber of commerce, said: “Success stories like John’s are exactly why the chamber exists. We are here to encourage and support entrepreneurship and help support business growth and sustainability.”