Employment (Falkirk West)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 17 March 2011.

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Photo of Jim Mather Jim Mather Scottish National Party

I recognise the scenario that the member has painted. Alexander Dennis, Malcolm Allan and HEROtsc have all displayed resilience and perseverance, have invested in and developed new products and services, and have sought out markets and won new contracts. The Scottish Government is doing more: four offers of regional selective assistance in the Falkirk area have been accepted, amounting to grant support of more than £1.1 million, which is helping to secure 114 additional jobs in the area. In addition, other companies in the area, such as Caledonian Produce, are pressing ahead with plans for 450 new permanent jobs.