Hall’s of Broxburn rejects Scottish Government rescue plan

THE company which owns Hall’s of Broxburn has rejected a Scottish Government rescue plan designed to save hundreds of jobs at the closure-threatened plant.

Finance Secretary John Swinney said the government was willing to buy the Broxburn factory, which employs 1700 people, and lease it back to Dutch-owned parent company Vion to enable major capital investment to improve the site.

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But Vion bosses turned down the offer, which also had the backing of West Lothian Council and Scottish Enterprise,

Now the task force set up to try to save the plant is to concentrate on attempting to improve the profitability of the operation, giving advice to employees and working with two potential bidders to secure investment. Mr Swinney also invited any other interested parties to come forward.