Butcher takes the helm in Elgin

Jim and Jean Royan with new owner of the butchers, John Davidson
Jim and Jean Royan with new owner of the butchers, John Davidson
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Award-winning Davidsons Specialist Butchers have secured the future of one of Scotland’s oldest butchery businesses.

Royan’s of Elgin, which has been trading in the town for more than 165 years, has been sold to Aberdeenshire-based butchery business Davidsons Specialist Butchers for an undisclosed sum.

All seven staff at Royan’s of Elgin will be unaffected by the move.

The Moray business was originally set up by local farmer’s son James Fraser in 1850 and has been run by successive generations of the Royan family since 1905 when Robert Royan inherited it from his employer and mentor James Fraser. In 2010 the business marked its milestone 160th anniversary with a significant refurbishment and the creation of a striking visual statement of the company’s history on the gable end of the building.

Since the 1970s the town centre shop has been headed by Jim Royan and his wife Jean who joined the business in 2005. They are now preparing to retire from the business to pursue their many other interests.

Davidsons Specialist Butchers was established in 2004 and is a multi-award winning enterprise with both the company and individual members of staff having scooped some of the country’s leading awards in recent years. The company is a market leader in the provision of a wide range of high quality, premium specialist butchery produce both in-store and by mail order.

John Davidson of Davidsons Specialist Butchers added: “I am both delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to play a part in the next chapter of this well-established, highly respected Elgin business.

“The reputation of Royan’s of Elgin is very strong and I am confident that marrying the expertise and knowledge of both businesses will create an exciting dynamic as we look to the future.”

Jim Royan added: “I have known John Davidson for a number of years and watched him develop his business to the highest level. Scottish Butcher’s Shop of the Year four times and the accolade of UK Butcher’s Shop of the Year in 2011 is quite a record. It seemed a natural fit to encourage him to look to Elgin as he continues to be recognised as an outstanding example of the importance of the Craft Butcher.

“We are extremely pleased that following very amicable and productive discussions, John has chosen Elgin and Royan’s as the focus for the continuing development of his business. Acquiring Scotland’s oldest butcher’s business will allow customers old and new to continue to enjoy one Scotland’s finest ‘meating places’.”