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Forty jobs saved as Thistle Seafoods acquires 100,000sq ft Dawnfresh facility

FRP secures sale to rescue business

Forty jobs in Lanarkshire have been saved after FRP, the administrators of Dawnfresh Seafoods Limited, secured a going-concern sale of the Uddingston fish processing facility to fast-growing Peterhead-based seafood business, Thistle Seafoods Limited.

The Uddingston site extends to over 100,000 sq ft and includes a large industrial unit with processing, warehousing, administration and cold store facilities together with an extensive range of plant and equipment. The sale, which is for an undisclosed sum, sees the immediate transfer of 40 employees to Thistle Seafoods Limited.

Thistle Seafoods will develop the Uddingston site into an advanced added value seafood processing and distribution centre with ready access to retail and wholesale customers and markets in the UK, the EU and further afield. The new Uddingston facility will complement the processing facilities in Peterhead, which focuses on bringing the most innovative seafood products to customers throughout the world.

The acquisition underpins Thistle Seafoods’ strategy to develop a leading ‘sea-to-plate’ seafood processing business based in Scotland but with a customer base expanding across the UK and all major international markets.

Callum Carmichael, Partner with FRP and joint administrator, said: “We are delighted to have agreed a sale to Thistle Seafoods, which is very well placed to integrate the site and facilities into their own fast-growing business. It is also particularly rewarding that the sale includes the transfer of 40 employees. We wish Thistle Seafoods every success with their acquisition and with their plans to develop and grow the business.”

Ryan Scatterty, Thistle Seafoods Managing Director added: “The acquisition of the Uddingston facility is an ideal fit for our business as it will provide us with a strategic processing, storage and distribution hub with ready access to the key transport networks to better serve our domestic customers. It will also allow us to further expand our product offering and capitalise on our fast-growing export markets. We are delighted to welcome an extra 40 staff to our company and plan to recruit further this year as we build our business.”

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