A large group of business leaders from top employers in Renfrewshire met with the Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, in Glasgow yesterday. Representatives from some of Renfrewshire’s largest employers, including many of the blue chip companies, providing more than 15,000 jobs in Renfrewshire took the opportunity to meet the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Investment after an invitation from Paisley’s MSP George Adam.
The purpose of the meeting was to look at the potential that Renfrewshire has to offer, demonstrating the investment and economic power that the area already has, and how this can be channelled to ensure that Renfrewshire develops as one of Scotland’s economic powerhouses.
Speaking on the meting George said:
‘Renfrewshire has one of the best reputations for doing business in Scotland. We have huge blue chip companies based here that are world leaders in everything they do and they contribute in a massive way to the economy, providing jobs and growth.
‘Sometimes I think we forget that Glasgow Airport, Rolls Royce, Diageo, Doosan Babcock, HP Scotland, Chivas/ Pernod Ricard, Lifetech, to name just a few of the companies that have invested here, benefitting from the skilled workforce that we can provide, ably helped by the educational facilities we have, the University of the West of Scotland and Reid Kerr College.
‘This is no accident. We have much to offer, including our great transport links with the airport, railway and the M8 running through our towns, connecting businesses and workers. But we can always do more; in fact we should always aim to do better, to improve, to keep the vision of what could be. That is the only way to move forward, benefitting everyone who lives and works here.
‘That is why I arranged this meeting with Nicola Sturgeon, to show what Renfrewshire contributes to the economy and to demonstrate how all of the businesses present are working together to get things done, improve, provide jobs and drive Renfrewshire to be the heart of the economy in Scotland.
‘It is a credit to these businesses that they want to work together, it makes sense. But sometimes individual interests can come to the surface. This is not the case here. During the meeting there was talk of ‘synergy’, the benefit of businesses working together and producing something more than the sum of their parts.
‘These companies have been working together for some time, in fact they were working together before taking the opportunity to put forward the proposal to the Scottish Government for the Glasgow Airport Investment Zone, and they have pledged to work together in the future, something that Nicola Sturgeon was willing to help with, to work with all the businesses in making these positive economic steps in the future.
‘It was impressive, trying to fit all of the business leaders in to the meeting room at the offices of the Scottish Government to meet Nicola. It proved everything that I have been saying about Renfrewshire for years now. Renfrewshire is a great place to live and work and there’s so much more that we can do with the companies that we have the privilege of hosting. We have the will to develop and I can assure everyone that we will do everything to drive Renfrewshire forward.’