Irn Bru makers urged to remain in Cumbernauld

The extension of merger talks between AG Barr and Britvic until November 28 has been welcomed by local SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn.

The talks were due to close at the end of October but have been extended after the firms said talks were now at "an advanced stage".

Mr Hepburn has long called for clarity about the impact of any such merger would have on the workforce of AG Barr based in Cumbernauld, and it is now hoped that the extended talks may be able to offer just that.

Mr Hepburn has previously written to AG Barr and has pledged to continue his call for open and honest answers from AG Barr and Britvic, and any potential effect this may have on the future of jobs at the Cumbernauld site.

Mr Hepburn commented:

“The merger talks appear to be progressing and I hope that a further extension will allow AG Barr and Britvic time to fully explore the potential of keeping the company headquarters and production base in Cumbernauld.

“The employees of AG Barr in Cumbernauld, many of whom have worked for the company for a number of years, already have the relevant skills to enable them to excel at that location and as such should be viewed by AG Barr and Britvic as an invaluable asset which they should do their upmost to retain.”