A SEAFOOD factory in Uddingston is set to close its doors and move operations 90 miles away, with 230 Glasgow jobs at risk. 

Dawnfresh Seafoods factory has announced plans to close down its site on the outskirts of the city with operations moving to a new factory in Arbroath. 

It is believed that the closure, which will take place next year, will see 230 jobs axed from the Uddingston site, while Dawnfresh Seafoods also note that 150 new jobs will be created at the Arbroath site. 

The 45-day consultation period with staff has begun at the site just outside the city.

Dawnfresh Seafoods has encouraged those employed at the Lanarkshire-based factory to apply for the newly-created jobs and make the move to the eastern seaside town.

The Uddingston factory has been home to Dawnfresh Seafoods for around 20 years.

Raleigh Salvesen, managing director of Dawnfresh Seafoods, said: “For the remainder of this year and until the move next year, our operations at Uddingston will very much continue as normal.

"The plan to expand facilities at Arbroath will provide a platform for future growth and help Dawnfresh to adapt to a changing and highly competitive business sector. 

"This move is critical if we are to meet our objective of keeping seafood production jobs in Scotland.

“It will be sad to close our factory in Uddingston but we are incentivising our team to join us on this journey and hope many of our experienced and skilled staff join us in Arbroath.”

Garry Price, Supply Chain Director at Dawnfresh, said: “Our staff are our most valuable resource, and we are encouraging as many of our skilled food production team as possible to make this journey with us next year.

"We are encouraging all of our production staff, including our temporary agency staff, to apply for one of the positions in Angus.”

To encourage the 230 workers to apply for the 150 new roles, the company has offered a relocation allowance, access to local area support from Angus Council, and protection of current pay & conditions.

Dawnfresh Seafoods say that the move to axe jobs at the Uddingston site and relocate them to Arbroath will allow the company to grow production and product lines. 

Raleigh Salvesen said: "Scottish seafood has a fantastic reputation around the world

"As one of the few remaining major family-owned Scottish seafood companies, we want to protect and build on that legacy and continue to deliver seafood products of the highest standard to our customers across the globe.”