Jobs delight as seafood factory reopens
Between 10 and 15 jobs have been saved at the former Border Lairds seafood processing factory in Amble.
Paul Dowse from North Shields has purchased the factory from the administrators and intends to begin work immediately.
Moir Seafoods as the factory will now be known, will continue the tradition of processing prawns, scallops, brown crabs and lobsters, which will be exported to France and Spain.
“If everything goes to plan, I hope we’ll be open for business on Monday (8th October)” said Paul.
He hopes that more jobs will be created, but remained guarded about the future.
“I imagine 10 to 15 jobs to start off with. It just depends. We’ll see how it goes. I just want to get it open and get things ticking over.”
News of the factory reopening was met with delight.
Mayor Ian Hinson said “This is the best bit of good news for two years. The Mayor and the Town Council wish them all the best and hope it is successful. Perhaps other employers will follow their lead and come to Amble.”
Sir Alan Beith MP said “I welcome the news that Moir Seafoods have bought the Border Laird premises in Amble. I understand that plans for the site are at an early stage but I and my team are in contact with the company and I very much hope that this news will offer a future for the Amble factory and those who worked there.
“Amble has been through some tough times with the loss of jobs at Northumberland Foods and Border Laird, and I will do everything I can to help encourage businesses to come to the town and create much-needed work.”
“I know Paul Dowse has lots of years of experience, being a former fisherman himself” said director of Amble Development Trust Julia Aston. “He is well known in the fisheries and processing sectors. We wish him all the best and the Development Trust offers him all the assistance we can.”
Chairman of Amble Business Group Colin Harris was equally pleased with the news. “I’m delighted that the uncertainty surrounding the factory has been resolved and that the outcome is a positive one for Amble.”