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A QUESTION asked by local MSP, Jamie Hepburn, at First Minister's Questions has found that the Scottish Government may play a direct role in saving a number of Cumbernauld jobs.
Mr Hepburn, MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, asked Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, whether she was aware of the threat to 108 jobs at the Patak’s bakery, in Cumbernauld;
"Is the Deputy First Minister aware of Allied Bakeries’ decision to consult on the future of the Patak’s factory in Cumbernauld in my constituency? Does she share my concern that the consultation should be genuine and open and, hopefully, result in a long-term future for that site? However, if worse comes to worst and the company decides to close the factory, what reassurances can she give me that the Scottish Government will be able to step in and help the 108 employees there?"
In reply to Mr Hepburn's question, Ms Sturgeon said: "I am aware of the situation and I can understand the member’s concern and, indeed, the deep concern of his constituents. The news that Patak’s is to end production at its Lanarkshire bakery is extremely disappointing. I reassure Jamie Hepburn that the Scottish Government’s partnership action for continuing employment team has already made contact with the parent company, Allied Bakeries, to see what assistance can be offered to the employees who are affected by the announcement. The Scottish Government stands ready to help in any way that we can."
Jamie's concerns were raised after Allied Bakeries, the parent company of Patak's Breads, announced a consultation into the future of their Cumbernauld bakery.
Commenting on his exchange with the Deputy First Minister, Mr Hepburn said: “I, of course, remain very concerned about the future of Patak’s Breads, which is an important employer for the local area.
“I welcome the Deputy First Minister’s response and am reassured at the swift action that has been taken by the Scottish Government.
“It remains essential that the consultation being carried out by Allied Bakeries is as open and inclusive as possible and gives proper consideration to all available options that would see retention of the facility and the jobs supported there.
"I am hopeful that there will be long-term future for the Patak’s Breads in Cumbernauld.”
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