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Thursday, 6 October 2011

"What A Load Of S'crap' This Situation Is"

Picot and Rouille 'could close' if it loses contract

A business that employs 12 people has said it could close if it does not retain the States scrap metal contract.
Picot and Rouille Limited, based in Bellozanne Valley, has been handling scrap for decades and processes all the island's scrap metal.
It has written to States members and election candidates asking for support.
Transport and Technical Services Minister Mike Jackson said the contract had to go out to tender and he did not think the firm had put in a bid yet.
He said: "We are obliged under States protocol to go out to tender and I don't believe we've yet received one from Picot and Rouille and we look forward to doing so."
Picot and Rouille sends about five shipments of metal to Bilbao in Spain every year, costing about £500,000.
The company said although scrap prices were good at the moment, there were times when the price fell making it difficult to trade.
But in the letter it said it had always paid back the States subsidy when the price rose once again.
It said it was concerned the States was opening the contract out for tender not only in Jersey but to the UK as well, which could mean the end of a local family-run business.


  1. Adrians wee member(ship)October 06, 2011 7:59 pm

    Got a few things to say here

    They pay back the subsidy, very commendable and I wonder how many other subsidised business do that, not many I would guess. Connex, Waterfront swimming pool, farmers etc.

    It should not be a problem if it is only tendered locally, another case where possibly think local buy local has not been worth the banner it was written on. Thats if it is a case of being tendered to the uk, they only hint at that so cant be too critical until after it is tendered. Of course, once again if that is the case then it will be too late.

    If it is tendered to a UK company, once again the new company will benefit from zero ten. Another case of feck the locals businesses.

    Its not as though this is a business selling stuff to locals and ripping them off, it is the typpe of business that people should be supporting. I doubt they get their scrap cheap and probably have to pay a premium for it in the first place.

    Lastly, it also goes to show how carefull a local business has to be when dealing with our leaders. Put one foot wrong and you could be out of the picture in a heartbeat. What a sad state of affairs our local businesses are left in.

    I suppose they could allways leave Jersey, open up a uk based or irish based development company and then they will be welcomed back with open arms, providing they kiss the right asses.

  2. Adrians wee member(ship)October 06, 2011 8:02 pm

    p.s. the reason people cant post on the blogs is down to internet explorer. I used firefox to post the above and no problem at all.

  3. I have been using Firefox for two months and cannot post on some blogs!

    When I post on my own blog I get a message saying "being diverted"??? That has never happened up until a month ago.

  4. It's a public service as much as a business, and the company should be commended for their work to date, and protected from unfair off-island competition. Look what happened to JMT/Connex!