Hopes fading on deal to save Forres jobs

Hopes are fading over the future of what was regarded as one of Moray’s most promising businesses.

Staff at Forres-based health technology firm AccuNostics were told over a week ago that their jobs were at risk after a proposed merger with a US-based firm had fallen through.

Talks have continued throughout the week over the future of the company which employs 30 people at their Enterprise Park Forres site. However, it has emerged that no last-minute deal has been struck.

Moray’s MP and MSP arranged meetings with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, who provided part of the funding that helped establish AccuNostics in Moray. Following these Mr Robertson said: “Clearly if no last-minute deal is struck it will be a blow – and it would be very unfortunate if global factors were to spoil what was on course to be a successful company.

“The authorities are set to rally around to help the workforce at this difficult time.”

The firm’s chief executive, Giles Hamilton, has been in the United States this week hoping to broker a fresh deal that would save his company, but as yet no new offer has been made.

Last night the chairman of the Moray Economic Partnership, John Cowe, told the P&J: “Giles Hamilton is one of the nicest, most genuine and hardest-working people you could ever hope to meet.

“He is doing everything he possibly can for that company – he always has. I just feel desperately sorry for him and all the employees. The business forum are working to see if they can help the staff.”

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