Impartial Scottish salmon farm Loch Duart invited Ross, Skye & Lochaber MP Ian Blackford to its Dingwall fish packaging plant to debate the staffing disaster dealing with companies throughout the Highlands. At the moment the SNP’s Westminster Chief and native MP for the world, Mr Blackford additionally discovered how their salmon is ready for a few of the world’s main cooks, motels and eating places on a tour of the 50,000 sq. ft. plant with Processing Director Russell Leslie.
Because the native MP for the constituency Ian Blackford praised the Loch Duart’s job creation and funding within the Highlands however acknowledged the challenges the meals and hospitality sector face in recruiting new workers. Regardless of paying above the dwelling wage and offering enhanced situations and subsidised transport from native areas, Loch Duart continues to be struggling to fill all of the vacancies it has on the plant. With low unemployment ranges domestically, there aren’t sufficient folks to plug the hole in lots of companies within the space.
Loch Duart now employs over 160 folks throughout Scotland within the Western Isles, Sutherland and Ross and Cromarty and is among the enterprise success tales within the Highlands and Islands.
Russell Leslie, Processing Director at Loch Duart Dingwall, mentioned: “It was a great alternative for the SNP Westminster chief to come back to the positioning and see first-hand the struggles the corporate, like others, faces in recruiting workers. It additionally gave Loch Duart the possibility to focus on the necessity for extra to be finished to ease labour shortages throughout Scotland.
The Loch Duart processing plant is at the moment turning away alternatives as a result of we’re unable to recruit domestically.
“We’re rightly happy with the distinctive commonplace to which we will now course of and bundle our salmon, because of the ability of the Dingwall manufacturing facility staff. There are actual alternatives for improvement in jobs like these at our Dingwall manufacturing facility.”
After spending £2m shopping for and utterly refurbishing the manufacturing facility in 2020 the Loch Duart plant now has the British Retail Consortium* ‘AA’ Grade certification. (*BRC approval is the U.Ok. grocery store benchmark for meals premises).
Ian Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, mentioned: “I used to be delighted to be up to date on the success of Loch Duart’s operations in Dingwall. The corporate has ambitions to develop and be an integral a part of the native financial system however it’s clear to me that the corporate is being held again by rigid immigration insurance policies which might be hampering the power of the corporate to recruit overseas employees to enhance the present domestically based mostly workforce.
“I will probably be looking for a gathering with the UK Authorities ministers to push for a leisure of guidelines to permit abroad employees to come back and work for Loch Duart to help the corporate in its progress ambitions.”
Raised within the rugged coastal waters of North West Scotland, Loch Duart salmon are fed a specialist weight-reduction plan excessive in marine content material, resulting in an distinctive tasting recent fish, of the very best high quality which is wealthy in Omega-3.