Renfrewshire Council

Progress in efforts to keep jobs and resources in Paisley welcomed by council and government

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan and Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse have welcomed progress in efforts to keep jobs and resources in Paisley.

Work has been ongoing to ensure the Chivas site in Renfrew Road remains a hub of activity after the company transfers operations to its Dumbarton facility in 2019.

The council also received a commitment from Scottish Enterprise that it will retain a presence in the town.

That positive result follows ongoing talks involving Renfrewshire Council, the Scottish Government and the agency, which began after it announced plans to move out of its office in Causeyside Street.

Council Leader Macmillan said: "I am pleased to say our efforts to mitigate these developments have made significant progress.

"While it would be premature to say what will ultimately become of the site of the Chivas plant after the move, we have been working closely with owners Pernod-Ricard and I am optimistic we can achieve a positive outcome.

"Our talks with Scottish Enterprise have also been encouraging. We have made clear they are a valuable presence in Paisley and we have been working to help them find a suitable new office location to stay in the town."

He added: "Renfrewshire Council is constantly working to support businesses, attract investment and create new and better jobs for local people.

"We have taken an ambitious approach that is regenerating our town centres and giving employers access to customers and suppliers, as well as a pool of staff with the skills they need.

"Along with our City Deal partner authorities we are also delivering three major infrastructure projects that will put Renfrewshire at the heart of a world class commercial location and maintain the Glasgow City Region as Scotland's economic powerhouse.

"No-one should be in any doubt that Paisley and Renfrewshire are great places to do business."

Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse said: "Over the last few months the Scottish Government has been working constructively with Pernod-Ricard and Renfrewshire Council to discuss the impact of the Chivas Brothers' relocation and I am delighted that the company has confirmed that it will offer all permanent Paisley staff a position in Dumbarton.

"We recognise that the relocation will have an impact on Paisley and we do not want to lose momentum in facilitating development of regeneration proposals for the site in the event it is vacated.

"Therefore, I will continue to work with the company, the local authority and all key stakeholders to explore how the site can best be developed for future use, to ensure we can deliver the best outcome for the workforce, for the people of Paisley and the needs of the Renfrewshire economy.

"It is clear the company is keen to deliver a positive legacy in Paisley and that there are potentially exciting economic opportunities that may arise from reuse of the site."‎

Nick Shields, Scottish Enterprise Location Director for Renfrewshire, said: "Our role is to find and help deliver the best opportunities to secure growth across Scotland.

"Renfrewshire has some excellent capabilities like its industrial base and engineering heritage, its proximity to the airport and its excellent transport connections that form the basis of some exciting economic development plans. 

"We will continue to work closely with Renfrewshire Council, with industry and business across the area and with other important players like the higher education sector to play a role in making things happen."