Help for Burgons “bare minimum”

The level of Scottish Government commitment to help beleaguered Eyemouth crab factory Burgons has been critcised by MSP John Lamont.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 25th November 2015, 3:00 pm
The Eyemouth crab factory is no longer economically viable
The Eyemouth crab factory is no longer economically viable

Earlier this month Burgons announced it was starting a redundancy process, affecting 81 jobs and local MSP Mr Lamont immediately urged the Scottish Government to do all it could to prevent the closure.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead said: “The Scottish Government and its agencies will do everything they can to provide support.

“The Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Borders Council are working closely with the company to explore all possible options for the continued use of the site.

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“We are in active discussions with stakeholders in the seafood sector to identify steps that can be taken to develop the sector including for companies such as Burgons. In addition a multi-agency redundancy support event will take place within the next few weeks.”

However, for Mr Lamont this isn’t enough: “I am disappointed that the Scottish Government seems happy to do the bare minimum for staff at Burgons.

“I will continue to urge the Scottish Government to look more closely at what can be done to save the business. An economic plan was negotiated when workers in Fergus Ewing’s constituency were facing redundancy at Young’s Seafood. The same should be at least attempted for Burgons.”