New premises for expanding Western Isles firm Hebridean Sea Salt were officially opened by Scottish Secretary Michael Moore today.
The expansion will allow Hebridean Sea Salt to both increase production and employ more staff.
The visit marked the start of a three-day island tour which will also see Mr Moore visit North and South Uist and Skye. Mr Moore said:
“Hebridean Sea Salt is a great example of a successful family firm which is fully exploiting the fantastic natural resources which the Western Isles and Scotland have in such abundance.
“I was very interested to hear from entrepreneur Natalie Crayton who has seen her business go from strength to strength since she spotted a gap in the market and founded the firm in 2011.
“It’s a great way to kick off my visit to the islands which is allowing me to meet a range of local businesses and stakeholders and discuss the issues which matter to them.”
Natalie Crayton, of Hebridean Sea Salt, said:
“As Scotland’s only sea salt producer we have seen fantastic demand and ever growing demand for our product. This expansion will allow us to make 10 times more and will kick start a transformational change in the company allowing us to employ more staff and start supplying the major supermarkets – it’s a really exciting time for Hebridean Sea Salt.”
Later today, the Secretary of State will tour the facilities at the Creative Industries Centre in Stornoway’s “media village”, meeting the independent production companies and MG ALBA staff.
As well as a meeting with senior council representatives, Mr Moore will later on meet the team behind the Hebridean Marine Energy Futures research project at Lews Castle College, learning more about the work of the facility and wave power developments in the Outer Hebrides.
Tuesday will see Mr Moore undertake a series of visits in North and South Uist, meeting senior management at Storas Uibhist to learn more about the regeneration project before touring Hebridean Smokehouse’s premises at Clachan.
His itinerary concludes with a speech at Sabhal mor Ostaig on Skye where he will outline the positive case for remaining part of the United Kingdom for remote and rural parts of Scotland.