50 new jobs in pipeline as revival of former Aberdeenshire seafood factory under way

A mothballed seafood factory is in line for a new lease of life – creating up to 50 jobs – following a £1 million-plus investment.

Derek Hutchins, previously managing director at Aberdeen-based Nolan Seafoods, teamed up with industry veteran Michael Leiper – another former Nolan director – and a Dutch investor to buy the old Kilron plant in Watermill Road, Fraserburgh.

They are behind fledgling company Seafood Sourcing, which was formed last year to supply fish from the boat to overseas markets in the fastest possible time.

Seafood Sourcing buys fish from all the main Scottish ports, including Peterhead and Fraserburgh, and currently sends most of it to France for processing.

The company’s new factory, which will also provide equipment storage space, is undergoing renovation and is expected to be up and running within three months.

Mr Hutchins said “well over £1 million” had been spent on acquiring and revamping the building.