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Redundancy threat for 50 jobs at Pinneys of Scotland

12 May 10 15:22 GMT

A seafood firm which is a major employer in the south of Scotland has announced plans to shed up to 50 jobs.

Pinneys of Scotland, which has a royal warrant to supply smoked salmon to the Queen, has begun a consultation on the redundancy proposals.

The site in Annan was bought by Grimsby-based The Seafood Company from Uniq, in March 2009.

The firm says it needs to streamline and consolidate its operation despite moves to boost the business.

Pinneys of Scotland currently employs 510 permanent and 50 temporary staff.

Managing director Andy Stapley said the business was "loss-making and over-resourced" when it was bought last year.

'Deep regret'

Changes since then have included the start of a £3m investment programme and moving production to the site from some of the company's other factories, he said.

But he said: "Unfortunately it doesn't mask the fact that we are still over-resourced.

"We've taken time to review the business, address the volumes, make the investment and now we need to put in place a proven structure for a chilled fish business which is consistent with our other factories, to consolidate the business for the long term."

Mr Stapley added the redundancies proposal had been put forward with "deep regret" and efforts would be made to redeploy those affected.

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