Jobs to be created at Amble food factory

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Much-needed jobs will be created at an Amble factory, which is set to reopen after its premises were acquired by a new company.

The former Border Laird site closed its doors in July after months of uncertainty.

But earlier this month it was sold to Tyneside-based Moir Seafoods by administrators PwC.

And on Tuesday, Paul Dowse, owner and director of Moir Seafoods, said that the company would be looking to recruit staff at the Amble factory, which could be opening soon.

“There will be new jobs created in one way or another,” he said, although he could not comment on how many staff would be taken on.

“If everything goes according to plan, we hope to open by the end of next week.

“The Amble site is a bigger site than the one we have in Tyneside and it is part of the company’s recent expansion.

“We do plan to stay in Tyneside for the time being.”

Around 80 jobs were lost as a result of the Border Laird closure.

It followed the acquisition of the customer contracts and equipment by Lion Capital, which owns Young’s Seafood Limited, from Cumbrian Seafoods after the company went into administration in December.

The final bombshell for the Amble site came in July, after a deal to purchase the Coquet Enterprise Park-based factory collapsed.

The closure came as another blow for the town, following the closure of the former Northumberland Foods factory in 2011.

But the purchase of the former Border Laird premises has given new hope.

Mayor of Amble, Coun Ian Hinson, described the announcement as ‘great news’.

“It is the first good news we have had in about two years,” he said.

“I hope nothing crops up that interferes with their plans.

“I look forward to them getting established.”

Sir Alan Beith also welcomed the news.

He said: “My team and I 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.”

The former Northumberland Foods factory is to be demolished following unsuccessful attempts to sell it.

Discussions are currently on going about the future use of the site.