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Minister offers support

Kwik Fit talks hold out hopes of job options

Paul Wheelhouse: consultation (Photo by Terry Murden)

Paul Wheelhouse: strong support (Photo by Terry Murden)

Staff due to lose their jobs with the closure of the Kwik-Fit Insurance office in Lanarkshire have been given hope that other companies are looking for workers in the area

Senior management from Kwik Fit Insurance’s parent company Ageas UK held talks with Scottish Enterprise, a delegation from North Lanarkshire Council and other agencies, to discuss the proposed closure of the Uddingston office.

More than 520 staff work at the centre and are facing redundancy following the closure announcement last week.

Belgium-based Ageas said today’s meeting was “positive and constructive” and focussed on exploring options to ensure continued operations at the office after its proposed closure at the end of March.

“There have been a number of initial approaches from organisations looking for employees and call centre facilities. Ageas UK is exploring these in detail with the full support of the Scottish Government and its Agencies,” said Ageas in a statement. 

“All parties are hopeful that a positive outcome can be secured. Ageas UK and interested parties now need time to consider all opportunities and fully develop those that will provide the best outcome. The group has agreed to keep in close contact in order to review progress.”

A spokesman added: We are working hard to look at new opportunities for our Uddingston office.

“The Minister for Business, Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Enterprise and North Lanarkshire Council have provided strong support and we remain committed to doing all we can to secure future jobs in the area at what we know is a difficult time for our people.”

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