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Economy Secretary praises workers during Arnish visit  

27 November 2017

Economy Secretary Keith Brown visited the Arnish yard in Lewis today to thank workers for their actions in helping BiFab avoid administration.


Mr Brown said the Scottish Government is committed to securing the long-term future of the company.


Keith Brown said: “Last week was clearly a very anxious time for the workforce, their families, and the wider communities.


“The dignity and determination shown by the workforce, in the most challenging of circumstances, was integral to allowing the Scottish Government to help broker a positive resolution.


“The First Minister, the Minister for Business, and I spent much of last week – sometimes into the wee small hours – working to get the relevant parties around the table.


“I am delighted that Seaway Heavy Lifting and SSE in particular chose to back BiFab – a sign of real confidence in both the company and its outstanding workforce.


“The priority now is to focus on completing the project on time and on budget.


“The Scottish Government’s focus is to secure the long-term position of the company and to demonstrate our commitment to support projects that show an innovative and world-leading approach to low carbon energy and local energy solutions.


“On behalf of the Scottish Government, I would again like to thank the workforce here and at Burntisland and Methil for all of their efforts that will help to ensure that BiFab continues to play a prominent role in Scotland’s renewable industry.”