Rachael Hamilton MSP raised the issue of Ovo Energy job losses at First Minister’s Questions.
Ovo Energy, Britain’s second biggest supplier of domestic gas and electricity said it will completely close its office in Selkirk.
Three hundred and eighty staff are located in the Selkirk offices, but it remains unclear how many of these jobs will be lost. Many may be offered the option to work from home going forward.
Ovo Energy also have staff located in offices in Glasgow, Reading, Perth, and Cumbernauld.
In Holyrood today, the Borders MSP asked the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon what support the Scottish Government are providing at this time.
The First Minister said Scottish Enterprise is liaising with Ovo Energy to mitigate redundancies and ensure that the appropriate support is in place.
Rachael Hamilton MSP said:
“I highlighted the issue of job losses in Selkirk with the First Minister, as many are facing an unprecedented situation.
“The news that jobs are to be lost is a major blow to the Borders economy, the effects of which are felt more acutely in rural areas.
“I am glad that the Scottish Government have been working with Scottish Enterprise to ensure that support is offered, but it comes at a time when the economic outlook looks bleak.
“I’m here to offer assistance to anyone affected by the loss of jobs in Selkirk, and I will help as best I can to ensure that the impact of potential job losses is kept to a minimum”.