Brexit job shortages hit Trump’s Scottish golf resorts

Accounts reveal Brexit-related labour shortages have hit business in Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire

Laura Paterson
Monday 27 December 2021 11:44
Donald Trump praised Brexit on a previous visit to his golf course in Turnberry (Jane Barlow/PA)
Donald Trump praised Brexit on a previous visit to his golf course in Turnberry (Jane Barlow/PA)

Brexit job shortages have hit Donald Trump’s golf resorts in Scotland, their latest accounts reveal.

Accounts filed for the former US president’s golf course Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire by trading company Golf Recreation Scotland Ltd show the UK leaving the EU caused problems for the site.

The accounts, signed by director Eric Trump state: “Brexit has also impacted our business as supply chains have been impacted by availability of drivers and staff, reducing deliveries and availability of certain product lines.

“Prices have increased from additional freight and import duty charges. Staff availability has been a challenge from a combination of wage inflation with retail and logistics sectors increasing wages to attract staff due to increased business levels.

It added: “Indirectly, the staffing pool has been reduced with lack of access to European staff for businesses in general resulting in greater demand for individuals previously available to the resort.”

Donald Trump, with his daughter Ivanka and son Eric, reopening a revamped Turnberry (Jane Barlow/PA)

On a visit to Trump Turnberry the day after the EU referendum vote in 2016, Donald Trump said people had taken “their country back”. He later wrongly claimed to have predicted the result, saying he visited the day before the referendum.

Brexit job shortages have also hit Mr Trump’s resort at Balmedie in Aberdeenshire, accounts have revealed.

Documents filed by Trump International Golf Club Scotland Ltd said: “Brexit has also impacted business, as supply chains are disrupted and the labour market is reduced.

“Transportation, freight and import duty charges are also increasing, along with the overall cost of goods rising.”

A “lack of skilled labour in the sector” combined with rising inflation was said to be affecting cost and pricing.

The 2020 accounts for both resorts, filed on Christmas Eve, along with government data, show they claimed more than £3 million through the UK Government’s furlough scheme, but redundancies were made at Turnberry.

More than £2.3 million in furlough cash was claimed at Turnberry, with £451,770 claimed at Trump International at Balmedie.

Donald Trump on a flying visit to Trump International golf resort in Aberdeenshire (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The BBC reported a subsidiary of the company, SLC Turnberry Ltd, made further furlough claims of between £435,000 and £1.1 million from January to August 2021, according to Government data not included in the published accounts.

Golf Recreation Scotland Ltd paid out £324,000 for redundancies in 2020, with staff falling to a monthly average of 289 from 541 the previous year.

The accounts state: “The grant proceeds were utilised by the group in order to support the maintenance of jobs for many of the group’s employees while the resort was closed or at a reduced capacity due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic during the year.”

Employee numbers at Trump International Golf Club Scotland Ltd also fell, from an average of 84 in 2019 to 63 in 2020.

Its accounts stated: “The UK Government Furlough Scheme was helpful to retain as many jobs as possible, and the majority of employees were reinstated over the course of the year.”

Both resorts recorded an operating loss amid Covid-19 closures and Brexit of £5.3 million in 2020 for Golf Recreation Scotland Ltd, from a £2.3 million loss in 2019, and £1.3 million for Trump International Golf Club Scotland Ltd in 2020, from £1.1 million in 2019.

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