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S5W-18602: ()

Date lodged: 5 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the latest situation is with the Pinneys site in Annan.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 6 September 2018

Young’s Seafood confirmed on 3 September that it has now ceased production at the Pinney’s of Annan site and the majority of the workforce has now left the company. A skeleton staff of around 50 are expected to remain on site until November to oversee the close-down procedure.

The Scottish Government, working with Scottish Enterprise and Dumfries & Galloway Council, has worked intensively over the past 5 months to encourage Young’s Seafood to maintain production at the site and offered a range of incentives to do so, including a reduction on rates and professional support to review the efficiency and productivity of their operation. However, it became clear that Young’s wanted to extract themselves from the site as soon as possible.

The Scottish Government is now seeking a new investor for the site and discussion are ongoing with a number of interested parties. Meanwhile, we remain committed to finding alternative employment for those formally employed at the site and on the
‎ 19 July our multi-agency Partnership for Action on Continuing Employment (PACE) facilitated a dedicated jobs fair in the town. Over 200 individuals attended the fair with 19 employers and recruitment agencies exhibiting over 350 vacancies. The jobs fair was well received and initial feedback is that a number individuals were successful in seeking alternative employment. In light of the further redundancies that took place in August, and in agreement with the local trade union, we have agreed to facilitate an additional jobs fair in the town in October and are now in the process of finalising the detail for that.