Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin

200 jobs lost as Watt Bros Enter Administration

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Sandra White MSP has written to the Scottish Government to request its redundancy support service be deployed to assist the over 200 staff affected by the closure of the iconic Watt Brothers brand.

Sandra White MSP said:

“As both a regular customer and as the local MSP for the location of Watt Brothers iconic main store, I am saddened by the news that the company has entered administration with 200 committed staff members losing jobs with immediate effect.

“I know of the great passion and community which these staff members share, and I am doing all I can as the local MSP to ensure they are supported.

“Following this afternoon’s announcement, I have contacted the Scottish Government to ask for it to deploy its PACE redundancy support service, and have noted the issue in a Holyrood motion.

“It is my hope that this iconic brand can be saved, however I believe the deployment of Scottish Government redundancy support would provide its employees with valuable assistance in this difficult time.”

Motion in the Scottish Parliament:

“That the Scottish Parliament notes with deep concern the closure of the family own and run Watt Brothers following its entering into administration; further notes sadness at the loss of an iconic Scottish retail institution; acknowledges the legacy and lasting cultural impact Watt Brothers has had on Glasgow and Scotland over the past 104 years; and calls on the Scottish Government to provide redundancy support through its ‘Partnership Action for Continuing Employment’ (PACE) to the over 200 staff who have lost jobs with immediate effect.”

Letter to Scottish Government:

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