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Kwik-Fit offices to close with 500 job losses

Kwik Fit Insurance ServicesMore than 500 insurance staff face redundancy with the closure of the Kwik Fit offices in Lanarkshire.

Belgian owner Ageas has told staff at Kwik-Fit Insurance Services the Uddingston facility will close by the end of March.

Ageas bought Kwik Fit Insurance Services in 2010 from Kwik Fit GB, but the business has come under competitive pressure from changing customer buying habits.

Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish government are working with the local authority to minimise the impact of the shutdown on staff and the local community.

The offices at the Tannochside Business Park site employ 521 staff, against 900 five years ago.

An Ageas spokeswoman said attempts to address its problems “have not been sufficient to improve performance and address declines in workload.

“This means difficult choices have to be considered.”Subject to employee consultation, we are proposing to close our Uddingston office next year.

“This is clearly very difficult news for our employees and is not a course of action we have taken lightly.”

Business Minister Paul Wheelhouse has spoken with senior management at Ageas and said the enterprise agencies will work with them “to explore all possible options for support to retain jobs at the site.”

He added: “Should any job losses proceed, we stand ready to assist those affected through our initiative for responding to redundancy situations, Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) and our Finance Sector Jobs Taskforce.

“I am keen to meet with North Lanarkshire Council to work together with them to ensure we support the local community and secure investment at the site.”

North Lanarkshire Council leader Jim Logue said the local authority would work closely with other agencies to ensure there is support for employees if a buyer is not found.”

He called on the Scottish government to establish a task force to tackle the issue.

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