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Cumbernauld politicians react to Competition Commission provisional findings on AG Barr merger

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:21 GMT on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013.

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Cumbernauld's Labour MP, Gregg McClymont. 

TWO Cumbernauld politicians have reacted to the news that the Competition Commission provisionally approves the merger between rival soft drink manufacturers, AG Barr and Britvic.

The sector’s regulator, the Office of Fair Trading had previously raised concerns over the merger; stressing that the brands of both companies were so similar that any merger would harm competing companies.

Commenting, Gregg McClymont, Labour MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, said that Cumbernauld should be proud of the “success” of AG Barr.

The area’s MP added: "More than 400 people are employed at Barrs Cumbernauld HQ and the impact of a merger with Britvic on the Cumbernauld HQ remains unclear. That's why we need clarity as soon as possible about this merger and its impact on jobs.

"The experience and skills of the local workforce have vital to that success and I'm sure that AG Barr will recognise this as they move forward."

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Cumbernauld's SNP MSP, Jamie Hepburn. 

Jamie Hepburn, MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, also commented on the announcement. He said the Competition Commission’s announcement was an “important step forward”, stressing he welcomed the “clarity” the commission brought to the process.

The area’s MSP added: "This announcement was a long time coming but we now know that the Competition Commission is satisfied that this merger should be allowed to go ahead. AG Barr is a vital employer in the Cumbernauld area and I still have a number of concerns regarding any potential redundancies which may arise from the restructuring which such a merger could entail.

"I understand that the companies could not be clear about a number of the specific details of these changes before their merger had been given the green light but now that it has I am seeking further clarification. I have written today to the head of AG Barr to seek further information and to offer to meet to discuss what effect these changes may have on the local community and I will continue to monitor the situation closely."

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