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S5W-06985: Richard Leonard (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions (a) it and (b) its agencies have had with Greggs plc regarding the restructuring of its (i) Cambuslang plant and (ii) plants across the rest of the country.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 13 March 2017

Following the announcement of the proposed closure of the Loanhead bakery, the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism spoke with Greggs' Company Secretary on 3 March 2016, along with Scottish Development International (SDI) and Scottish Government officials, to explore all possible support for the Loanhead site.

SDI subsequently met with Greggs on 11 March 2016 to discuss the proposed closure of the Loanhead bakery and had a further call with the company on 13 May 2016 to further explore areas of potential support for Loanhead, and the company’s plans for the proposed centre of excellence at the Clydesmill bakery in Cambuslang.

Scottish Enterprise (SE) and SDI visited the Clydesmill bakery in August 2016 to learn more about the company's plans and to offer support for Greggs’ Scottish sites through the Account Management and the Scottish manufacturing Advisory Service.

The company has also been contacted by the Scottish Government’s Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) initiative, and a programme of support for employees at Loanhead was delivered by PACE between June and November 2016.

An offer of support was also made by the National PACE Team on 24 January 2017 for any staff that may be affected by redundancy at the Cambuslang site.