Jobs news brings a wel­come boost

Firm to cre­ate 200 new posts in Dundee by the end of the year

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - STE­FAN MORKIS

A Glas­gow firm said it is ready to de­liver 200 new jobs to Dundee.

BGM Scot­land, founded by Dundee man Robert Horne and busi­ness part­ner Ge­orge Flem­ing, wants to have the call cen­tre posts filled by the end of the year. The of­fice will be based in Tele­phone House on Ward Road and the com­pany has al­ready started re­cruit­ing.

Mr Horne said: “It is a great op­por­tu­nity to help peo­ple in the run up to Christ­mas. We want to be up-and-run­ning in two to three weeks.”

Ali­son Hen­der­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Dundee and Angus Cham­ber of Com­merce, said: “Th­ese jobs are def­i­nitely to be wel­comed.”

The news comes at the end of a des­per­ate week for Dundee, with Miche­lin an­nounc­ing the clo­sure of its city plant by 2020 and NHS Tay­side re­veal­ing it could cut 10% of its work­force.

A Glas­gow com­pany is cre­at­ing 200 new call cen­tre jobs in Dundee.

BGM Scot­land will pro­vide cus­tomer ser­vice op­er­a­tors for com­pa­nies in­clud­ing en­ergy firm To­gether En­ergy and a price com­par­i­son web­site.

The of­fice will be based in Tele­phone House on Ward Road and the com­pany has al­ready started re­cruit­ing staff.

Robert Horne, manag­ing di­rec­tor of the Glas­gow-based com­pany, said they hope to open the of­fice be­fore the end of the year.

He said: “We are look­ing to cre­ate about 200 jobs in Dundee.

“We are do­ing work for a panel com­par­i­son site and Scot­tish busi­ness To­gether En­ergy.

“It is a great op­por­tu­nity to help peo­ple in the run up to Christ­mas. We want to be up-and-run­ning in two to three weeks.”

BGM was founded in 2013 by Mr Horne, who is orig­i­nally from Dundee, and Ge­orge Flem­ing.

Ali­son Hen­der­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Dundee and Angus Cham­ber of Com­merce, said: “Th­ese jobs are def­i­nitely to be wel­comed. There are lots of peo­ple that are highly skilled at th­ese kind of cus­tomer ser­vices jobs.”

The new jobs come af­ter 845 work­ers at the city’s Miche­lin fac­tor were told they will lose their jobs when the plant closes in 2020.

It was also re­vealed that NHS Tay­side in­tends to re­duce its work­force by 1,300 in or­der to meet sav­ings tar­gets.

As there are no com­pul­sory re­dun­dan­cies in the NHS, the jobs will be cut through nat­u­ral wastage. Dundee has one of the high­est un­em­ploy­ment rates in the coun­try, with around one in three adults not in work.

The UK and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ments will sign off the £350 mil­lion Tay Cities Deal in a cou­ple of weeks, which is in­tended to pro­vide an eco­nomic stim­u­lus for the re­gion and cre­ate thou­sands of new jobs.

Coun­cils had orig­i­nally asked for £763m but low­ered the re­quest to around £400m. While the Scot­tish Govern­ment has pledged half of that, the UK Govern­ment only agreed to con­trib­ute £150m.

Th­ese jobs are def­i­nitely to be wel­comed. ALI­SON HEN­DER­SON DUNDEE AND ANGUS CHAM­BER OF COM­MERCE

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