R Y Henderson new plant up for sale

A Scottish family-owned meat processing plant, which was officially opened by Princess Anne just over four months, is up for sale.

R Y Henderson's £4m state-of-the-art plant was opened in Linlithgow in September in a fanfare of publicity.

Permission to relocate the existing site from the Braefield Road site to a green-field one at Myreside Farm, near Whitecross was initially refused but an appeal to the Scottish Executive resulted in Hendersons' getting the go-ahead in November 2003.

This allowed the family firm to sell the Braehead site where it had been based since 1973 to property developer Alloa-based MCA Homes,

The family firm received funding to the tune of £500,000 from the Scottish Executive with additional grant assistance of £120,000 for the plant. Scottish agriculture minister Ross Finnie said at the time: "This is terrific times. I'm sure it will bring benefits to other parts of Scotland."

R Y Henderson managing director Martin Henderson declined to comment on the sale.

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