Long Service award for Scottish Salmon’s Alan Brown

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A DECADE of loyal service has been recognised as The Scottish Salmon Company say thanks to Western Isles employee Alan Brown.

General manager for the company’s northern operations and based at the Company’s Marybank factory, Stornoway, Alan, aged 49, came to the islands from Glasgow in 2002 to follow his passion for fly fishing – and now jokes that he deals with up to 10,000 salmon a day during the week and hunts for a few more at the weekend!

Also a committee member of the local angling club and a water bailiff on the River Creed, Alan said: “I was previously employed in production of steel fabrication and before this as draughtsman, but my wife and I found ourselves in the north-west as we pursued a dream for a rural lifestyle.

“Now my working week and my weekends are built around my favourite thing – fishing – and I own and live on a croft where we rear a dozen sheep and a few chickens.

“The last ten years have been very good, if not somewhat unpredictable,” he added.

A typical working day for Alan involves co-ordinating the Company’s planning, sales and technical departments as well as harvesting and processing and he regularly describes his day as “frantic”.

With around 50 staff reporting to him now and the prospect of more with a new harvesting plant due to be up and running later this year, his work is greatly appreciated by his bosses, as The Scottish Salmon Company CEO, Stewart McLelland, said: “Alan is a dedicated individual and we are delighted to recognise his tenth anniversary with the company.

“This is an exciting time for the salmon farming industry and The Scottish Salmon Company in particular and we are lucky to have someone like Alan helping us drive things forward.”

To mark his anniversary, Alan was presented with a cheque which he plans to put towards his other hobby – touring around Europe on a BMW motorbike!