Jobs news brings a welcome boost
Firm to create 200 new posts in Dundee by the end of the year
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