Mundell Raises Penman Engineering Jobs directly with the First Minister

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has said the Scottish Government must support jobs at Penman Engineering as he raised the issue directly with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.Mr Mundell used the first First Ministers Questions after the summer recess to ask the First Minister what action her Government will take to protect the 140 jobs at the firm and the support they will give to find a buyer.Replying to Mr Mundell, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP said: “Scottish Enterprise are already doing that. I was disappointed to hear of Penman Engineering entering administration putting 140 jobs at risk and this will be a very tough time for those affected and their families as well in the area.“Scottish Enterprise are working closely with the administrators to find a buyer to maintain the maximum number of jobs possible.“Our PACE organisation has been in contact with the company in order to provide support in the event that redundancies do proceed.“However, let me underline and stress that Scottish Enterprise is working with the administrator to avoid any redundancies taking place.”Reacting to her response, Oliver Mundell MSP said: “I was encouraged to hear the First Minister say that Scottish Enterprise are already working with administrators in order to find a buyer for Penman Engineering but they must continue to step up and offer full support.“The 140 jobs which are at risk in my constituency are the equivalent of 1,000 jobs in the Central Belt so the First Minister must continue to give Scottish Enterprise all the support they need.“Like the First Minister, I have absolutely no wish to see any redundancies proceed at this historic firm as any redundancies have a devastating effect in Dumfriesshire.“No one wants to see the firm asset stripped or production move elsewhere in a quick-fire sale and I believe that serious and meaningful support from Scottish Enterprise is required to help ensure the right buyer is identified.”“Supporting the workers and retaining high skilled jobs is the absolute priority right now and it is imperative that all agencies need to work together in order to protect this vital local business.”last_img