The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Ayrshire task force to help companies in the credit crunch

AN Ayrshire Employment Task Force has been formed with the remit to gather and share information about companies which are experiencing particular trading difficulties and to ensure that effective, co-ordinated support is made available to sustain the businesses and support the employees affected.

[Pictured: Members of the Ayrshire Employment Taskforce.]

Established initially within East Ayrshire, the Employment Task Force has now been extended to cover both North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire. In addition to the three Councils, members of the Task Force include JobcentrePlus, Scottish Enterprise, Business Gateway, Ayrshire Chamber, the Federation of Small Businesses and Kilmarnock College.

Commenting on the establishment of the Task Force, Councillor Hugh Hunter, the Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: “It is very important that during the current economic climate, where everyone is feeling the pinch we do everything that we can to support people, particularly those in the manufacturing and retail sectors.

“The Ayrshire Employment Task Force is working across Ayrshire in a
co-ordinated way to support and assist businesses and people who are affected by the economic down turn. A Business Summit will be held in the Park Hotel in Kilmarnock on Tuesday 24 March 2009 that will play an important role in helping and assisting people.”

JobcentrePlus external relations manager Jim Burns added: “The sharing of information across a range of agencies has already paid dividends as we have been able to identify opportunities for early engagement with businesses which are considering workforce adjustments and we have been able to provide advice which has been crucial in the development of these proposals. Through the Task Force, we have been able to identify opportunities for the early engagement of the PACE Initiative team, in providing information and support to workers.”

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