Despite interruptions from the Labour benches, Bruce Crawford MSP brought up the situation of HSBC workers who were informed last week that their roles were either being made Redundant or moving to other sites, during First Ministers Questions this week.
Bruce Crawford asked “Will the First Minister confirm that she is aware that HSBC is intent on relocating around 200 high-quality jobs from Stirling?………………… Does theFirst Minister agree that that intention will have an obvious impact on individuals and the local economy? Given that disappointing news, does she agree that that strengthens the case for Stirling to successfully secure a city deal that is based on its excellent business case?”
The First Minister responded “I am, of course, aware of the situation at HSBC, and I fully appreciate how anxious a time this is for the company’s employees and their families. The Scottish Government will do all that it can to support those who are affected at this time. Scottish Enterprise is already engaging with HSBC to explore all possible avenues for supporting the business and its workforce. In the unfortunate event that any redundancies proceed, our partnership action for continuing employment organisation will, of course, be fully engaged.
I had a brief conversation about the Stirling city deal at another event with the leader of Stirling Council yesterday. I understand that the discussions are progressing well and, while no conclusions have been reached, I hope that Bruce Crawford will see from the experience in other cities such as Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen that the Government is very committed to taking forward city deals where we can.”