Seafood firm warns 40 roles at risk of redundancy

By Michael Stones contact

- Last updated on GMT

Up to 40 roles are at risk at Nolan Seafoods (UK)
Up to 40 roles are at risk at Nolan Seafoods (UK)

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Nolan Seafoods (UK) has warned that up to 40 jobs at the Aberdeen-based business are at risk due to volatile trading conditions and the loss of a major contract.

A spokesman for the business said in a statement: “Due to volatile and unpredictable salmon and white fish market conditions and the loss of a major customer contract at short notice, regrettably it has had to inform staff of a planned restructuring of the company’s operations and the potential for redundancies.”

The fish processor said it was exploring a number of options to minimise the impact on the workforce and to ensure the short and long-term viability of the business.

Fewer than 40

The business had entered a period of consultation with staff and hoped to limit the number of redundancies to fewer than 40 of its 217 staff, said the spokesman.

Chairman of Nolan Seafoods (UK) George Nolan added: “We are communicating fully with our staff and working with all representatives to ensure that employees receive as much information and support as possible during this difficult period.

‘Exploring opportunities’

“The company remains committed to providing quality service levels to our existing customers while exploring opportunities to develop new business.”

Nolan Seafoods (UK) was founded in 2002 and is part of the Nolan Group. The processor produced about 50t of white fish fillets, 65t of salmon fillets, and 25t of salmon portions a week, according to the Scottish Seafood Association.

Last month Icelandic Seachill warned of possible job losses after the processor lost a key contract, understood to be worth up to £60M,​ to supply Marks & Spencer. The contract loss ended a 30-year trading relationship with the retailer.

Meanwhile, for the latest job opportunities in UK food and drink manufacturing, visit FoodManJobs​. 

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