Loch Duart recog­nised in ru­ral awards

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SALMON farmer Loch Duart has been named run­ner up in the Best Food Busi­ness cat­e­gory at the Ru­ral Busi­ness Awards North, held in Bolton, Lan­cashire.

The awards, which are sup­ported by on­line re­tailer Ama­zon, cel­e­brate ‘all that is great’ about ru­ral busi­ness in the north of the UK, said the or­gan­is­ers.

Al­ban Den­ton, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Loch Duart, which farms in Suther­land and the He­brides, said: ‘It’s great for Loch Duart to be named run­ner up at the Best Ru­ral Food Busi­ness Award.

‘Our ef­forts to raise ex­traor­di­nary salmon, asked for by name and en­joyed around the world, are com­pletely wrapped up in be­ing lo­cated in the High­lands and is­lands.

‘The beau­ti­ful ru­ral en­vi­ron­ment we work in and the won­der­ful peo­ple who live and work in this area are cen­tral to Loch Duart’s suc­cess.’

The awards cer­e­mony took place at the Last Drop Vil­lage Ho­tel in Bolton last month.

As a ma­jor busi­ness and em­ployer in re­mote north west Scot­land com­mu­ni­ties, Loch Duart makes a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal econ­omy.

Among the projects it has sup­ported are the rewiring Scourie Vil­lage Hall in Suther­land to en­able it to se­cure an en­ter­tain­ment li­cence; the fund­ing of lo­cal school trips; and do­nat­ing to the Lochin­ver Lifeboat Sta­tion.

Loch Duart has also pro­moted a new honey and bum­ble bee com­mu­nity project in part­ner­ship with Plan Bee; funded an au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor (AED) in Uist; and sup­ported the re­fur­bish­ment of Lochin­ver Com­mu­nity Hall.

And it has kick-started fund­ing for a kit car project for pupils from Dur­ness, Kin­lochbervie, Scourie and Lochin­ver; do­nated money to­wards Kin­lochbervie Play­ing Field As­so­ci­a­tion foot­ball pitch re­fur­bish­ment; and sup­ported both Ross County De­vel­op­ment Squad and Lochin­ver Ju­nior foot­ball team.

Above: Loch Duart man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Al­ban Den­ton at the cer­e­mony

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