I am pleased to note that a deal has finally been reached for this site of heavy industry to be reopened. Sixty jobs are set to be created when Fife-based firm Bi-Fab moves in on a 12-year lease. I would like to refer to this article on Hebrides News for the finer details on the deal. The reason for my previous cynicism on this deal lies in the poor track record of previous tenants of the Arnish site - Altissimo was the third operator to have pulled out last December with the loss of 45 jobs at the time. Basically, the reliability and sustainability of previous operators was shown to be poor. It is not clear to me whether a clause compelling Bi-Fab to keep the site open for meaningful economic use is part of the contract. In other words, whether the jobs at Arnish are sustainable or not. At present, Bi-Fab have a bulging order book and are apparently desperate for capacity.
I wish them, and their workforce, well.