New Fort William Office for Marine Harvest
MARINE Harvest Scotland marked the opening of its new offices in Fort William with a ceremony this week.
The company’s move into larger premises is the result of continued expansion. Its £80 million investment programme will help it meet continuing growth in demand for Scottish farmed salmon.
The office will accommodate new staff as well as those transferring from the existing offices at Blar Mhor industrial estate.
Almost 50 staff will be housed in the new building, which is being leased from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
The staff in the new office work in a variety of roles, including human resources, payroll, farms management and administration. There are posts specialising in health and safety, fish health, occupational health and the environment.
Alan Sutherland, managing director of Marine Harvest Scotland, said: ‘The business continues to grow to meet demand and that leads to more jobs.
‘And people are often surprised by the range of jobs available in aquaculture. When people think of our industry, they often imagine it’s all based at salmon farms, yet we have a wide range of office based jobs, including many specialist posts.’
Highland Council’s Lochaber area chairman, Councillor Thomas MacLennan, cut the ribbon at the new premises at Glen Nevis Business Park.
MacLennan said: ‘It is always heartening to see business thriving in Lochaber and it was a pleasure to come along here today and meet the staff and hear more about their plans for the future.
‘Lochaber is not just a beautiful place, it’s also a fantastic place in which to do business. I wish them every success.’
Scott Dingwall, head of regional development from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: ‘We are delighted that Marine Harvest Scotland have moved into new and expanded office facilities at Glen Nevis Business Park.
‘We welcome the company’s continued investment in and commitment to the region and look forward to continuing to work with Marine Harvest Scotland to achieve their future growth aspirations.’