August 17, 2022

Independent Scottish salmon farm Loch Duart invited Ross, Skye & Lochaber MP Ian Blackford to its Dingwall fish packaging plant to focus on the staffing disaster dealing with firms throughout the Highlands. At the moment the SNP’s Westminster Leader and community MP for the location, Mr Blackford also located out how their salmon is ready for some of the world’s major cooks, hotels and restaurants on a tour of the 50,000 sq. ft. plant with Processing Director Russell Leslie.

As the area MP for the constituency Ian Blackford praised the Loch Duart’s job creation and expense in the Highlands but acknowledged the worries the food stuff and hospitality sector facial area in recruiting new employees. Inspite of shelling out higher than the dwelling wage and furnishing improved ailments and subsidised transportation from local spots, Loch Duart is nevertheless battling to fill all the vacancies it has at the plant. With reduced unemployment levels domestically, there are not enough persons to plug the hole in a lot of companies in the region.

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Loch Duart now employs above 160 persons across Scotland in the Western Isles, Sutherland and Ross and Cromarty and is one particular of the small business success stories in the Highlands and Islands.

Russell Leslie, Processing Director at Loch Duart Dingwall, said: “It was a fantastic possibility for the SNP Westminster leader to appear to the web page and see first-hand the struggles the firm, like some others, faces in recruiting employees. It also gave Loch Duart the likelihood to emphasize the have to have for extra to be done to simplicity labour shortages across Scotland.

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The Loch Duart processing plant is presently turning absent options mainly because we are not able to recruit domestically.

“We are rightly proud of the remarkable standard to which we can now approach and deal our salmon, owing to the skill of the Dingwall factory workforce. There are genuine options for advancement in work like those at our Dingwall manufacturing facility.”

Just after investing £2m getting and entirely refurbishing the factory  in 2020 the Loch Duart plant now has the British Retail Consortium* ‘AA’ Quality certification. (*BRC approval is the U.K. grocery store benchmark for food premises).

Ian Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, reported: “I was delighted to be current on the good results of Loch Duart’s functions in Dingwall. The enterprise has ambitions to grow and be an integral part of the neighborhood economic system but it is very clear to me that the business is being held again by rigid immigration policies that are hampering the potential of the company to recruit international personnel to enhance the existing regionally dependent workforce.

“I will be searching for a meeting with the Uk Govt ministers to press for a relaxation of policies to allow overseas employees to appear and operate for Loch Duart to help the business in its advancement ambitions.”

Lifted in the rugged coastal waters of North West Scotland, Loch Duart salmon are fed a expert diet higher in maritime articles, main to an fantastic tasting fresh new fish, of the highest good quality which is wealthy in Omega-3.