Tarbert company turns to China

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Loch Fyne Langoustines have only just begun exporting west coast shellfish directly to China but can scarcely keep up with demand from their new customers.

The prospects for managing director Jamie McMillan and operational manager Jonathan Scott’s forward-thinking look set to be a massive boost to both the business and to the growing worldwide reputation of Argyll and Bute seafood.

Back in November 2017, Jamie went to Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara’s Chinese business summit, combining the efforts of the China British Business Council, Scottish Development International and Highland and Islands Enterprise to bring the Chinese market opportunities to Argyll and Bute companies.

Jamie said: ‘This was not an easy undertaking. It has taken months of dedication to get to our first export.

‘We recognised quickly in 2016 that our business might not survive the uncertainty of leaving the EU. We needed to look at our options quickly. The summit came at the right time for us and we seized that opportunity.’

Over the course of two days in November 2017, the MP took the presentation to Oban, Inveraray and Campbeltown where businesses were introduced to the possibilities of expanding into the Far East.

Jamie added: ‘There was a huge demand for Scottish shellfish in China and at the rate we’re going, our turnover could nearly double with more demand for staff on the horizon.’

Mr O’Hara added: ‘Loch Fyne Langoustines are proof that hard work pays off but, equally, the west coast of Scotland, and particularly Argyll and Bute, has a quality of produce that will sell the world over.’

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