Renfrewshire Council

Council Leader calls on Scottish Government to keep its jobs promise

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan called on the Scottish Government to make good on its promises to help keep jobs in the area.

Ministers agreed to set-up a multi-agency task force in November after Pernod-Ricard announced it would close its Chivas plant in Paisley and engineering firm Doosan Babcock revealed plans to leave its site in Renfrew.

It also emerged however that the Scottish Government had actually signed-off plans for its own enterprise agency to close its office in Paisley. 

In a call on Thursday (12 January) Council Leader Macmillan urged Paul Wheelhouse - the Scottish Government's minister for business, innovation and energy - to take immediate action to prevent further jobs leaving Renfrewshire.

He explained: "When I met the First Minister in November she made a promise to the people of Renfrewshire.

"The Scottish Government now has to live up to her commitment and finally get fully behind the council's work to prevent jobs leaving our area.

"Our business growth programme Invest in Renfrewshire created a thousand new jobs in its first thousand days - and that is just one of the Renfrewshire Council programmes making a real difference on the ground.

"We are constantly working to attract new investment, support businesses and create more and better jobs for local people, but we need more than warm words from the Scottish Government."

He added: "I have urged ministers to step up and use their powers to encourage firms to grow their workforces.

"Despite facing historic cuts from the Scottish Government, Renfrewshire Council's ambitious approaches are regenerating our town centres, ensuring employers have access to customers and can recruit employees with the skills they need. 

"Along with our partner authorities in the City Deal we are delivering three major infrastructure projects that will put Renfrewshire at the heart of a world class commercial location and maintain the Glasgow City Region as Scotland's economic powerhouse.

"Renfrewshire Council is doing everything an authority can to protect and enhance the local economy, but we need the Scottish Government to play its part."