No stone to be left unturned in efforts to find Tullis Russell buyer says Deputy First Minister

Markinch-based paper mill Tullis Russell went into administration on Monday with the loss of 325 jobs.
Markinch-based paper mill Tullis Russell went into administration on Monday with the loss of 325 jobs.

The first meeting of a specially created taskforce to deal with the aftermath of Monday’s announcement that paper manufacturer Tullis Russell had gone into administration, with the loss of 325 jobs, is to take place this afternoon.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, along with Fife Council leader David Ross,will head a meting bringing together workforce representatives, various support agencies and politicians including MPSP’s Tricia Marwick, Alex Rowley and Murdo Fraser, to deal the impact of the decision.

“We will leave no stone unturned and that is why we are focusing all efforts, including those of Fife Council, on identifying a buyer, securing a future for the Glenrothes site, and supporting employees.”

John Swinney

Speaking ahead of the meeting Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “What’s important now is that we act quickly, bringing together all interested parties, to map out a plan for the local economy and help workers to find employment as soon as possible.

“This afternoon I will co-chair, along with David Ross of Fife Council, a taskforce involving key organisations and individuals to focus on supporting economic growth and employment across the area and help mitigate the impact of this closure.

“I want to be very clear, this government is committed to doing all it can to support the company, the workforce and the local community at this challenging time.

“We will leave no stone unturned and that is why we are focusing all efforts, including those of Fife Council, on identifying a buyer, securing a future for the Glenrothes site, and supporting employees.”

The taskforce is also expected to look at where and how it can support local businesses and the wider community affected by the Tullis Russell’s demise.

Twenty four hours after the news broke of the 206-year-old paper mill’s collapse into administration, Mr Swinney confirmed £6 million would be committed to help soften the impact, with particular focus given to supporting those affected by the company’s fall into administration and efforts to save what’s left of the company.

“Fife is a strong community and I know people locally will be supporting each other through these tough times,” said David Ross, leader of Fife Council.

He added: “I want to give a personal reassurance that we are committed to working quickly and effectively to lessen the impact of these job losses and get people back to work, or provide them with the skills, qualifications, training and support they need to move into other employment.”

Yesterday, Business Minister Fergus Ewing MSP on a visit to the plant announced, in conjunction with Fife Council’s economic development team, a redundancy support initiative organised for the former workforce to take place next Wednesday.

“We will bring support agencies, training providers and employers who are interested in recruiting together to help Tullis Russell staff back into employment,” explained Mr Ewing.