ALBAN Denton, the managing director of Loch Duart, the salmon farming business, is to step down at the end of the year, the firm has announced.

The company, which produces more than 5,000 tonnes per year and employs 115 in the Hebrides and Sutherland, said the board was informed of the decision several months ago.

It said during his tenure Mr Denton led the company through recovery and the strengthening of the business, bringing investment and growth. Mr Denton committed to the role for five when years when he joined in 2015.

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The company said that “as the business approaches its next cycle of investment and renewal, he has decided not to commit to the next stage”.

Mr Denton said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and the success we have had over the past five years. As managing director of a tremendous company, brand and team it has been a privilege to be part of the story that is Loch Duart.”

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Alistair Erskine, chairman, said: “We would like to thank Alban for his energy, resilience, commitment and positive impact on the business and the wider industry throughout his service. There can be no doubting that the Loch Duart of today is a much stronger business than when Alban joined us.”

Simon Maguire, finance director, will act as interim managing director.