COuncil Statement on closure of Pinneys

Elaine Murray, Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, said “It is terrible news that Pinneys of Annan are to close.  This will be a devastating blow for so many of the staff and their families. 

“Pinneys are the largest private employer in the region so I am greatly concerned about what this will mean for our local community.  The loss of 430 jobs including apprenticeships are individual tragedies, but to our local regional economy this is a further blow following on from a number of major recent losses.

“The Depute Leader and I have already written to the First Minister and requested Scottish Government intervention which has saved jobs in other parts of the country. 

“Our Council will support the company through this difficult period through PACE and our teams will provide support through our Business Gateway advisors and our employability teams.” 

Rob Davidson, Depute Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, said “This is a terrible blow for the staff of Pinneys and their families.  The news that the company are creating 200 jobs at their Grimsby plant is of little consequence to the families who will be devastated by this announcement.  It is unrealistic to think that families will uproot from this tight knit community where their friends and family are to move to Grimsby.

“In our letter to the First Minister, we have stated that her support for the Scottish food and drink industry is needed in Annan now more than ever.  There is an opportunity to build on this thriving industry and investment can unlock the potential of this local industry and safeguard jobs and communities.  The help and leadership of the Government help and leadership at this critical time is needed so that a positive outcome can be found for the staff at Pinneys and also for their fish suppliers across Scotland.”