Future looks sweet for Loanhead firm

Edinburgh Rock at  Taste Of Scotland on North Bridge, Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Rock at Taste Of Scotland on North Bridge, Edinburgh.

The future of long-established Loanhead confectionary firm Ross’s of Edinburgh has been secured with the arrival of a new owner.

Edinburgh businessman James Anderson (48) has taken over the company, which has been based at Pentland Industrial Estate for 40 years.

Asked about his plans for the sweet company, Mr Anderson said: “Basically, nothing is going to change. The only thing is Graham Ross is retiring and I am taking over from Graham.

“The staff themselves, the product, the production lines will remain the same.”

Back in February Mr Ross, the chairman and managing director, announced the company was up for sale and the premises had been sold.

He told the Advertiser: “I am retiring. I have sold the premises and the business is now up for sale.

“Whatever happens it will no longer be on this site.

“The business is being offered as a going concern but we have to be out by the end of April.”

Mr Ross added there had been “quite a lot of interest” in the company, which is famous for its Edinburgh Castle Rock, Pan Drops and Butterscotch sweets.

Mr Anderson confirmed that the factory premises had been sub-divided with Ross’s remaining in two-thirds of the property.

He said he had hopes for the company’s future

“It is a good going concern. It is an iconic brand. It has been on the go for 135 years and is a very established company. It is recognised nationally.

“People in the industry know Ross’s as an Edinburgh product.

“I felt it was unfortunate that it might disappear and felt it was a profitably business. Why can’t it continue? That is what I have set out to do,,” added Mr Anderson.

He added that the company would continue with its 12 members of staff at present.

“We will organically grow staff. As we introduce more product lines we will need more staff.

“There are not immediate plant to increase staff numbers at the moment. As product lines increase staff will increase accordingly,” said the new owner.

The company was established by James Ross in Edinburgh in 1880. Graham Ross, the fourth generation of the family, joined the firm in 1975 just as the company was relocating to Loanhead.