Category Archives: Employment


Last week, along with my colleague Colin Smyth MSP, I was delighted to visit a new and exciting business in Dumfries and Galloway, MacRebur, so they could tell us how the plan to transform our roads with plastic bottles. The … Continue reading

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Sun Amp visit

I was delighted to visit Sun Amp, an exciting and ground-breaking renewable energy company based in East Lothian, along with my colleague Iain Gray MSP. We met with a number of the staff, including the Chief Executive, Andrew Bissell and Chief … Continue reading

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The EU plays a significant role in facilitating Scotland’s leadership on climate change and energy issues. At the Paris Summit the sense of excitement was palpable, and while it is acknowledged that America and China paved the way for the … Continue reading

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Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Last week I visited Martin Aerospace Ltd based in Lanark with Cllr Catherine McClymont as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Martin Aerospace manufactures and supply components for the aerospace industry employing 75 people along with 8 apprentices. We met with … Continue reading

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Visit to major employer BHC in Carnwath

I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit a significant Clydesdale employer recently.  BHC, which is based in Carnwath, is a company which has links and orders not just nationally but across the world. Managing Director Brian Hewitt showed … Continue reading

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South Lanarkshire Council Living Wage

This week I was delighted to attend an event which seen South Lanarkshire Council announcing they will yet again  be paying above living wage to all their employees from April this year. Not only this the South Lanarkshire Labour Group … Continue reading

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Celebrating Rural Leaders

I am always keen to lend my support to rural issues and promote the opportunities there are for those of us in rural areas. Last week I had the opportunity to meet the ambitious men and women taking part in … Continue reading

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Shadow Environment Minister supports Stranraer Energy Academy Development

Claudia Beamish MSP, Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform, recently visited Dumfries & Galloway College’s Stranraer Campus to learn about the Larbrax Wind Farm Skills Fund – which would contribute towards the establishment of an educational energy … Continue reading

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Help shape policy on women’s social security and unemployment

The Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) is looking for contributions to its research into Scottish women’s experience of employability support and social security. The SWC aims to communicate with a diverse range of women across Scotland to amplify their voices in … Continue reading

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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee visit to Orkney

Last week I joined my colleagues on the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment (RACCE) Committee on a trip to the beautiful isles of Orkney. The trip marked the beginning of the evidence gathering sessions on land reform, in order … Continue reading

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