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Salmon producer repays local communities

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Loch Duart, the independent salmon farming company has thanked the communities that support it, not only by funding numerous local projects but also by organising receptions in Scourie and Uist.

Managing Director Alban Denton and Loch Duart staff recently met with community leaders, owners of local hotels, shops, restaurants and B&Bs to update the community on its work and plans it has for the future.

“It gives Loch Duart a chance to thank the community for its support,” said Denton. “This support includes the accommodation and delicious food provided by local hotels, restaurants and B&Bs for our customers and suppliers. The biggest benefit provided by the local community is, of course, is providing a home and community for our wonderful staff.”

“Being open and transparent with the community is essential,” he added. “It was great to see so many people come to our Scourie and Uist events and we’d like to thank everyone who joined us. Our next plan is to have Open Days in the community rather than just a Reception. We found from the receptions that local people know how and where we farm but had little idea about the prestigious venues and locations around the world where our salmon is served.”

Loch Duart employs over 115 staff and was recently Highly Commended in the Rural Employer of the Year category at the Scottish Rural Awards. Over the last year the business has donated over £20,000 to a range of local groups and projects. As significant suppliers of the local economy with a local purchasing policy Loch Duart has spent £5.1m in the Highlands and over £1m in Uist. Also, by creating a substantial company profit share scheme to the tune of £750,000 for Loch Duart staff, even more money was spent in and around these rural communities.

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