Tam Muldoon from Macrae, gives us some insight on what makes them an award winning business
Macrae moved out to West Lothian in 2007 what drew you to West Lothian?
Originally the Macrae factory was on the banks of the Forth, in Granton Edinburgh. The business was quickly out growing that facility, and there was a need to secure a site that would meet the Macrae business and our customer’s growth plans. The opportunity of a new purpose built site which meet all of our criteria was the main reason for relocating to West Lothian. All of us at Macrae, which is part of the UK’s leading supplier of fish Young’s Seafood Limited, are delighted to be based in here.
How do you think West Lothian compares to other parts of Scotland?
West Lothian is a great place to do business. We have had great support from local and Scottish government and the West Lothian Chambers. Being based in West Lothian certainly helps attract quality local staff and personal from a wide area of the central belt and across the UK.
Does your business support the local community?
We do what we can to foster strong links with the local community as part of Young’s Seafood Limited’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Fish for Life, which is about doing the right thing now, and for generations to come. Examples include our involvement with the Scottish Wildlife Trust, with members of the Macrae team getting involved in planting over 200 trees at the Addiwell Bing Reserve near West Calder.
We have also engaged in a range of fund raising activities to support local charities such as Riverkids, who provide assistance to Disabled Children across West Lothian. This year, we’re supporting one of our team members who will be running the London Marathon in aid of a Meningitis charity. We have also been strengthening our links with our nearest High School, Bathgate Academy, getting involved in a range of activities from hosting discussion groups about careers opportunities in food to Mock interviews, which helped fourth year pupils practice and polish their interview techniques before having to do it in the real world.
We even had a group of teachers and other education providers visit the site to see first-hand what we do at Macrae Edinburgh and the wide range of jobs and professions involved.
This year you won the Excellence in Supporting Staff Learning & Development - what did it mean to win this award?
Our development agenda is a key priority at Macrae and is fundamental to our 20/20 vision which is about building for the future through continuous improvement, developing our team and treating people fairly. To win the award was great recognition for the whole team at Macrae and recognises the work that has been done so far.
Do you feel investing in your staff is beneficial to the day-to-day running of the business?
Investing in our team is and will be fundamental to our success, we have a clear strategy plan to continue to grow our business and we see people development as the cornerstone of this strategy.