Deal struck to secure future of Buchan bakery

John Smith & Sons Bakery in New Pitsligo.
John Smith & Sons Bakery in New Pitsligo.

Confirmation of a deal which will secure the future of a major Central Buchan business has been welcomed by Banff and Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford.

Fraserburgh Development Trust have concluded arrangements to buy the long-established New Pitsligo bakery business John Smith & Sons.

The family business was established in 1903 and currently employs 25 people locally.

The Trust has been working with John Smith, of John Smith & Sons, to conclude a deal that would see the bakery operate as a Social Firm, meaning that any surplus generated will go towards building the business and developing future training and employment opportunities.

Chairman of Fraserburgh Development Trust Ian Watson said: “The Trust is delighted that we were able to continue the jobs into the future and the John Smith bakery name and its importance as the biggest employer in New Pitsligo continues.

“The plan by the Trust is to build for the future in new Pitsligo and to move from the old bakery building to new premises, ideally in the next two years. A site and plans for the new bakery and training facility has been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council for their consideration.”

Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford said: “John Smith & Sons is a major employer in New Pitsligo and this announcement means that not only are the jobs there secure but the proud tradition of baking in New Pitsligo which has been on the go for over 100 years can continue.

“This will be an exciting venture for the firm, for Fraserburgh Development Trust and for the village as it will involve a move to new, purpose-built premises and a change in how the bakery operates, while maintaining employment and the products which have proved so popular for generations.”

Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond added: “John Smith & Sons bakery is a pillar of the community in New Pitsligo. As the single largest employer in the village, and supplier to many rural shops in the North-east, it is vital to the local economy.”

“I am delighted that the brand will continue; that jobs will be maintained; and that a focus on tradition, training, and progress is being pursued. I hope that the Fraserburgh Development Trust will continue to be successful as it pursues further funding.”