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Eilidh Whiteford, MP for Banff & Buchan

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WHITEFORD COMMENTS ON LES TAYLOR GROUP MEETING

Friday, 14 January 2011

Banff & Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford has met with receivers for the Les Taylor Group in Mintlaw, along with MSP Stewart Stevenson who arranged the meeting and Aberdeenshire councillor Norman Smith.

The local Parliamentarians also met with some of the workers at the company’s Mintlaw site afterwards.

Commenting, Dr Whiteford said:

“This was a very useful meeting in terms of some of the positive information the receivers were able to provide.

“It seems that there is a very strong likelihood that some components of the Les Taylor Group, such as the animal feedstuffs division, can be sold on, which is very encouraging news indeed.

“This has come as a big shock to the workforce who expected some job losses but nothing on this scale. I am reassured that support for those who have lost their jobs has already been put in place and that workshops will be taking place at Job Centres throughout the area to help those affected prepare for interviews for alternative employment.

“It is clearly a difficult time for the workers involved but it is good to know that everything possible is being done to minimise the negative impact of the announcement on the workforce and the wider community.”

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