Date lodged: 12 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what (a) financial and (b) other support (i) it has and (ii) its agencies have provided to Young's Seafood in each year since 2008.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 11 May 2018
Whilst there are constraints, under State Aids regulations, on the public sector in terms of the financial support available to large seafood businesses such as Young's Seafood, since 2008 Scottish Enterprise has provided £70,500 of financial support to Young’s Seafood covering a number of projects across their three core sites at Fraserburgh, Livingston and Annan. This support covered a range of projects, including training, innovation and capital expenditure. In addition, Scottish Enterprise Account Managers and Technical Specialists have provided intellectual advice and support covering business efficiency, environmental and renewable issues, workforce programmes and innovation.
In 2015 a Scottish Government task force worked closely with Young’s Seafood at its Fraserburgh site following the loss of a large contract. The task force initiated a range of small projects with Young’s in an effort to continue production at that site, including a market analysis, training plan, and an environmental assessment.