An independent garage in the Scottish borders is bringing the strength of a national brand to its forecourt, after joining forces with one of Britain's most popular fast fit networks.

Dave Brydon Tyres Ltd, which has been established for more than 30 years, is undergoing significant investment in re-branding, but is maintaining its community friendly focus with the same high level of service and experienced staff.

HiQ Galashiels - as it is now known - on Queen Street, has become the latest centre to join the HiQ fast fit network, offering a complete service in vehicle maintenance and repair.

Franchisee Graeme McGauchrane said that joining the HiQ fast fit network was an exciting business investment, as it brought the support and experience of a national brand to the centre.

He said: "Becoming part of a national franchise is beneficial us because it adds credibility to the services we already offer.

"Our main aim at Galashiels is to deliver a good service consistently to our customers and by joining HiQ, I believe we are reinforcing this message.

"We have a very loyal customer base and now that the refurbishment is almost complete, I hope to increase footfall within the area and scope out potential fleet business."

Regional franchise manager Reg Stephenson said: "Establishing new centres in Scotland is a strong focus for HiQ, so it is fantastic to have partnered with Graeme.

"We now have six HiQ centres in Scotland as a result of this latest signing and I hope we can expand this further in the future.

"The centre has completely transformed and I've no doubt it will have a positive effect on the business."