800 jobs safe as energy firm buys call centre

Hundreds of call centre jobs have been saved by Scotland's second largest company less than five weeks after staff were told their jobs were going south of the border.

Scottish & Southern Energy (S&SE) has agreed a deal with Barclaycard to take over its Goldfish call centre in Cumbernauld and employ the 800 staff who were facing redundancy.

First Minister Alex Salmond visited the North Lanarkshire site yesterday to make the announcement with Barclaycard and S&SE executives.

Mr Salmond praised the companies for working quickly to secure jobs and said the Scottish Government had only a minor role in the deal compared with the firms.

He said: "To say we brokered a deal would be too strong. This is a commercial deal between two businesses.

"It is only a few weeks since we read headlines about the extent of the job losses in Cumbernauld. People were downcast about the prospects of finding an operator.

"However, many people including government officials and Barclaycard were confident that they could attract a business. It is good news which demonstrates the resilience of the Scottish economy.

"There will be support in the form of training grants from the Scottish Government. Scottish & Southern Energy would have expanded, but not necessarily in Scotland, so speed was of the essence."

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