Tarbert Saxon and Ewan Kennedy your anti-fishfarm bias …

Comment posted Loch Fyne Oysters sold to Scottish Seafood Investments by john in kintyre.

Tarbert Saxon and Ewan Kennedy your anti-fishfarm bias is astounding in your comments.
Surely this investment secures the future of Loch Fyne Oysters, which can only be good for the employees.

Having read other reports on this, is it not the fact that in return for investment Scottish Seafood Investments have aquired 100% of the equity in Loch Fyne Oysters with full agreement of employees.
Scottish Seafood Investments through Associated Seafoods have been active in the Seafood Market recently aquiring Lossie Seafoods of Lossiemouth and Moray Seafoods of Buckie and investing significant funds into the business’s.

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6 Responses to Tarbert Saxon and Ewan Kennedy your anti-fishfarm bias …

  1. I fail to see how this is good news. A locally owned, locally managed, local employer taken over by a company owned by a Scandinavian company that has had more name changes than Windscale and a private equity company. Low wages and profits evacuated from A+B I predict!

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    • Tarbert Saxon, I made the mistake last year of describing Scottish Salmon Company Limited as Norwegian owned and they complained to newsroom. It seems they are incorporated in Jersey, quoted on the Norwegian Stock Exchange and have their head office in Edinburgh.

      Being a quoted company the shareholders presumably come from all over.

      They appear to have two executive directors, Robert M Brown III, ex- Lehman Brothers managing director and resident in Moscow, who is involved with Kazakhstan and Russian Investments and Vlacheslav Laventyev, who has a long involvement with Russian fish farms.

      The company’s most recent published accounts can be viewed here:- http://hugin.info/143286/R/1567482/486959.pdf

      There are no doubt good reasons for the sale but I find the decision rather sad, as successful employee-owned businesses add a lot to their communities.

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  2. Tarbert Saxon and Ewan Kennedy your anti-fishfarm bias is astounding in your comments.
    Surely this investment secures the future of Loch Fyne Oysters, which can only be good for the employees.

    Having read other reports on this, is it not the fact that in return for investment Scottish Seafood Investments have aquired 100% of the equity in Loch Fyne Oysters with full agreement of employees.
    Scottish Seafood Investments through Associated Seafoods have been active in the Seafood Market recently aquiring Lossie Seafoods of Lossiemouth and Moray Seafoods of Buckie and investing significant funds into the business’s.

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  3. Never be fooled into believing the line much peddled by British politicians since the days of Mrs Thatcher that: “it doesn’t matter who owns the company providing they are providing employment”. This is never sustainable long-term. Owners who are not committed to a country/region will always find it much easier to dump an investment than ones who are. It is very clear from Ewan Kennedy’s outline of this company’s background that its commitment to Argyll is tenuous at best.

    I suspect that 5-10 years down the line the former employee-owners of this business will realise they have made a big mistake. I do hope that I am wrong!

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