More than a fifth of businesses in Lochaber could close or be forced to radically change their business models if recruiting EU workers becomes much harder due to Brexit, the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland has warned.
Brexit Day marked by pro-Europe vigil in Fort William
Uncertainties over Brexit’s potential impact on the automotive industry has forced Lochaber smelter owners GFG Alliance to explore various possible future uses for the liquid aluminium it produces in Fort William as alternative options to manufacturing alloy car wheels in a planned new £120million plant on the site.
Access to skilled labour, housing for workers, traffic congestion in and around Fort William, particularly during the summer months, and all overshadowed by the continuing uncertainty caused by Brexit were the main issues concerning local businesses.
Lochaber MP Ian Blackford welcomes Brexit extension
An anti no-deal Brexit banner carrying the names of 67 Mull residents was transported to London on Saturday.
A report revealed that 49 per cent of the communities in Argyll and Bute would be at risk.