Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed the news that East Kilbride company Clyde Blowers have joined the growing number of businesses investing in Scottish renewables.
Linda said “the news that Clyde Blowers have bought Moventas, a Finnish firm which makes parts for wind turbines, shows the confidence of business to invest in renewables both here in East Kilbride and around Scotland.
“Jim McColl, chairman and chief executive of Clyde Blowers, is one of the most respected businessmen in the UK and the news that he is to join the renewable energy boom is most welcomed.
“Mr McColl has made it clear that he disagrees with claims from Chancellor George Osborne who stated on The Politics Show that major companies are saying they are worried about investing in Scotland.
“On the contrary, Mr McColl said many big businesses see a productive and prosperous future for this country especially if we can secure real economic powers for the parliament through constitutional change.
Finance Secretary John Swinney said “The UK Government’s scaremongering has come well and truly unstuck within the space of 24 hours – it is wholly unsubstantiated, and has been comprehensively rejected by Scotland’s leading business person and entrepreneur. The people of Scotland are going to believe Jim McColl – not a Tory Chancellor and his Lib Dem ally who are trying to talk Scotland down and sabotage Scottish jobs.
“The reality is that company after company has announced jobs and investment in Scotland in recent months. Recent jobs announcements in Scotland by major companies such as Amazon, Aker, Avaloq, Dell, Gamesa and Doosan Power Systems are testament to the quality workforce, skills and infrastructure that we have in Scotland – and with the full financial and economic powers of independence we could achieve even more.”
“In stark contrast, the long list of companies and organisations criticising his oil tax hike shows just how much damage has been caused by the destabilising effects of his tax raid on the North Sea.”
Linda has backed comments from Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney defending Scottish jobs saying “Today’s news from Clyde Blowers along with recent job announcements in East Kilbride from SAS and Freescale Semiconductor show the success of the Scottish Government’s Economic Plan which is continuing to encourage companies to invest in Scotland.
“The People of Scotland need a Government that will be positive about the country which is why more and more people are supporting more powers for the Scottish Government”
1. International companies who have recently invested in Scotland:
Doosan Power Systems
Mitsubishi Powers Systems
2. Those critical or reacting negatively to George Osborne’s oil tax hike:
Oil & Gas UK
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Chartered Institute of Taxation
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Lloyds Banking Group