The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

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Thursday, 2 July 2009

John Scott calls for Ayrshire ‘Jobs Summit’

A local MSP is calling for an Ayrshire ‘jobs summit’ in the wake of this week’s announcement that 700 jobs are to be lost from the Diageo packaging plant in Kilmarnock. The news comes on top of a raft of earlier job loss announcements in Ayrshire over first half of the year, which will see hundreds more jobs lost from the county.

John Scott (pictured above) wants the ‘summit’ to bring together local Councils, local MSPs and representatives of the Scottish government and business community to identify steps to support Ayrshire’s economy and protect local jobs.

John Scott said: “The loss of 700 jobs at the Diageo packaging plant is a devastating blow to the economy of Ayrshire, and taken alongside other major closures already announced this year, including the loss of hundreds of jobs from Scottish Stampings and the ISP alginate plant in Girvan and fears over job losses at Prestwick Airport, it paints a very worrying picture.”

“Job losses on this scale don’t just hit the communities in which the companies are located - they also impact upon households and families right across the whole of Ayrshire. That’s why I believe it is important to take a very wide view when trying to put in place the strategies necessary to sustain local jobs and hopefully to attract the inward investment needed to create more employment opportunities for local people.”

“We need to chart a positive course forward and to see Scottish government and local authority investment programmes reflect the needs of the Ayrshire economy and the need to support local employment. I believe that a useful first step would be to draw together representatives from the Scottish government, local Councils, local MSPs and the business community in a ‘jobs summit’, where all the options can be fully explored.”

“With the economic forecast for the year ahead still very depressed, it is vital that we do everything we can to help stop the haemorrhaging of jobs from Ayrshire, and to position ourselves as best we can to grow our local economy in the future.”

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