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ROSEANNA STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF GLENTURRET JOBS

Following the announcement by the Edrington Group that they intend to sell their Crieff-based brand, The Glenturret, Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has spoken with Edrington’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr Gerry O’Donnell.

Following on from their discussion, Ms Cunningham said:
 
“During our conversation, Mr O’Donnell and I discussed a number of practical matters relating to the sale of Glenturret and it is now even clearer to me than before that The Glenturret brand will be very attractive to potential buyers.  I understand that a range of interested parties have already been in touch.
 
“I have received communication from John Laurie, the General Manager at Glenturret, who was very positive and upbeat about the future.
 
“The Glenturret is a very strong brand and as the oldest Malt Whisky Distillery in Scotland, would, I am certain, be an attractive prospect for any investor, but I want to ensure that everything possible is being done to retain jobs in Crieff.
 
“Thirty-one jobs may seem like a small number to some, but, in comparative terms, 31 jobs in Crieff is equivalent to nearly 200 in Perth, or over 2,500 in Glasgow.
 
“My particular and immediate concern is not so much in relation to the future of the Distillery itself, which I am certain is secure, but in ensuring that the facility, currently housing the Famous Grouse Experience, continues to act as a draw, bringing visitors into the area. 
 
“I have written to Tom Flanagan, Interim Head of Economic Development at Perth & Kinross Council, asking what input his department can have in ensuring that this magnet tourist attraction continues to make its very important contribution to the local economy.”

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design