The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 14 July 2009


South Ayrshire Council supports the Diageo workforce

South Ayrshire Council has committed to supporting the efforts of the Diageo workforce and the local community in East Ayrshire in presenting a case to retain the presence of the Johnnie Walker brand in Kilmarnock.

An emergency motion was brought before the Council by Councilor Hugh Hunter the Leader of the Council and was unanimously approved.


Councillor Hunter (pictured above) said: “South Ayrshire Council has every confidence in the ability of the Johnnie Walker workforce to demonstrate its worth as an efficient, hardworking and effective team through the presentation to Diageo of a robust and sustainable alternative business case. We will be supporting the efforts of our colleagues in East Ayrshire Council in their fight to preserve the jobs of this valuable and skilled workforce.”

Councillor Nan McFarlane, who seconded the emergency motion, said: “It is important that the Johnnie Walker brand is retained in Kilmarnock. Generations of people in East Ayrshire have worked at the Johnnie Walker premises. South Ayrshire Council will actively support the continuing efforts of Ministers, East Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the wider community in their commitment to build a case for the retention of the Johnnie Walker plant in Kilmarnock.”

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