- Published: Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:30
Chocolate firm goes under
The Social Enterprise company Hebridean Chocolates has ceased trading, making six adults with additional support needs redundant. The company was set up by Third Sector Hebrides, with £40,000 of Scottish Government money, to provide sheltered employment opportunities. One parent said her son came home in tears last week after being told that he was being made redundant, and the shop on Westview Terrace is now closed, with stock still remaining inside. The firm opened in April 2009, and had a number of opening events, with politicians queuing to be associated with the enterprise. First Minister Alex Salmond and the Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore were among those to make visits, and the firm was awarded Scottish Social Enterprise Business Start-Up of the Year in 2011. The company has reprtedly made a loss throughout its five years in business, and has been supported by parent organisation Third Sector Hebrides until now.