Better late than never jokes Princess! + SLIDESHOW

AN ARBROATH company proved their products are fit for royalty after they welcomed Princess Anne to their factory on Tuesday.

Her Royal Highness visited Mackays on Kirkton Industrial Estate to officially recognise their achievements in international trade after winning a second Queen’s Enterprise Award earlier this year.

The Princess Royal officially opens Mackays factory in Arbroath on Tuesday. Pictured with her is the Lord Lieutenant of Angus Georgiana Osborne and Paul Grant from the company.

The Princess Royal officially opens Mackays factory in Arbroath on Tuesday. Pictured with her is the Lord Lieutenant of Angus Georgiana Osborne and Paul Grant from the company.

Mackays have been one of the town’s biggest business success stories after Paul Grant bought the business in 1994 taking it from 14 to the current 140 employees. It sells to over 50 markets across the globe.

Now over seven million jars are manufactured in Arbroath and exported overseas every year.

And Mr Grant, now chairman of Mackays, was on hand to welcome the Princess Royal to the factory along with his son, Martin Grant, who is the managing director of the company.

She then enjoyed a tour of the factory, where she met with staff and saw how Mackays make their products, still in the traditional way using copper pans.

The Princess also met with some of Mackays biggest international customers including the longest serving export customer, Dovetail Collections of Canada, the largest export customer, IFA of the USA and the newest international customer from Germany.

Staff from the factory were all then invited into a marquee in the factory grounds where the Princess unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the factory, even though she joked it was a “bit late” as the premises has been open for some time.

Lord Lieutenant of Angus Mrs Georgiana Osborne then read out the citation which earned Mackays a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in international trade before Princess Anne made the presentation to Paul and Martin Grant.

And managing director Martin said: “We were delighted to welcome Princess Anne to our premises on a day of celebration with all our staff to recognise their dedication and hard work which has led to us winning the Queen’s Award for the second time.

“We’re immensely proud of our products, our growth story and our workforce, and remain focused on becoming the number one supplier of traditional marmalade around the world.”

Earlier, the Princess Royal had visited Guthrie Castle, which had been holding the Angus branch of Save the Children’s annual autumn fair.

The Princess is president of the Save the Children charity and took time to stop and chat to all stall-holders who had been giving up their time to raise money for the charity.

The fair had been running on Monday and Tuesday in the castle pavilion.

Later in the day, the Princess then visited Carnoustie for a service at the town’s War Memorial.