Further expansion for Girvan’s We Hae Meat factory

Alex and Carlyn Paton on their farm near Girvan
Alex and Carlyn Paton on their farm near Girvan

Ayrshire company We hae meat Ltd has submitted a planning application to extend its operating plant in Girvan.

It is hoped the proposed development will help secure the growth plans of this successful local business whilst safe guarding jobs and creating further employment for the Girvan area.

Ambitious farming couple Alex and Carlyn Paton, owners of the butchers business We Hae Meat Ltd, have announced that they have lodged a planning application with South Ayrshire Council to triple the size of their meat cutting and packing plant in Girvan.

The extension proposal, which has been drawn up by local architects Stairhill Architecture Services plans to extend the existing plant with a ‘wrap around’ structure which will allow the business to retain their existing layout and create new meat production halls and chills running parallel to the existing ones.

The design will maximise the workflow through the building while still meeting strict safety and hygiene rules and guidelines.

The company say the extended plant will triple the businesses production and storage capacity and allow them to meet the ever growing demand for their products. They forecast that at least 15 new full time roles will also be created in the expanded operation, adding to the existing workforce of 43.

We hae meat was launched in March 2007 as a diversification project from the business owners’ well established farming enterprise that has specialised in rearing cattle for four generations. The Patons founded We hae meat in frustration at the then poor prices for cattle and as a way of controlling and marketing their own products.

The company currently owns and operates two brands. Their We hae meat brand supplies sausage and pie products to most of the major retailers in Scotland including ASDA, Tesco, The Co-Op, ALDI and Waitrose and the Cairnhill Farms brand supplies top hotels and restaurants throughout the UK with steaks and other cuts.

Carlyn Paton said: “We are currently producing more than 30 different product lines across our two brands but have 10 more in development with buyers lined up in both the UK and abroad. Our planned expansion will allow us the capacity to launch these lines and secure our on-going business growth and success.”