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500 Kwik Fit insurance jobs to be lost

Ageas UK has confirmed 500 job losses following closure of its Kwik-Fit Insurance office in Uddingston.

The company announced before Christmas that it was consulting the workforce on the facility’s future.

Addressing the workforce this week, Ant Middle, CEO Ageas Direct & Partnerships,  said no potential acquirer of the business had emerged.

Although engagement with Scottish Enterprise and North Lanarkshire Council had led to interest in the site and people from third parties, none of this developed into workable proposals.

The proposed closure was announced in November and will now go ahead on 31 March. 

Mr Middle said: It’s with regret that we have decided to close our Uddingston office and we know our employees will be disappointed with this news.

“However, after talks with third parties, around 40 contact centre-based organisations have expressed strong interest in our workforce, with more than 1,800 relevant role opportunities being identified so far.

“This not only evidences what we already know – that we have capable, skilled and experienced people – but also that there are many good opportunities in the local area. We will do all we can to support our people in securing alternative roles.”

Ageas is now focused on helping employees with their next steps. The business has invited the government-backed service Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) to its Uddingston site to provide employees with advice on dealing with redundancy and finding alternative employment.

This will be supplemented with support from Penna outplacement services. Ageas is also setting up onsite recruitment fairs with local businesses, including those that have already expressed an interest in the workforce, to allow employees the opportunity to discuss the roles available. 

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