The Scottish National Party’s Perth parliamentarians have expressed their delight at news today [Friday] that Aviva have agreed terms to purchase the Pitheavlis site in which they are currently based.
Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, spoke on the phone with Aviva’s Ian Ferguson and will be meeting Aviva’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Wilson, this afternoon. Speaking in advance of that meeting, Roseanna said:
“This is absolutely fantastic news. After all the uncertainty of recent months, the decision by Aviva to purchase the Pitheavlis site demonstrates a genuine long term commitment by the company to Perth and the workforce that is based here.
“There was a lot of worry around when it became apparent that the lease had Pitheavlis was coming to an end with talk of Aviva moving away but today’s news knocks that on the head.
“I hope, too, that this can be taken as a positive indication about the impact on numbers based in Perth of the global reduction in employees that Aviva recently announced they will be seeking. That will certainly form part of our discussions with Mr Wilson this afternoon.”
Mr Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, will also meet Mr Wilson this afternoon. Mr Wishart said:
“This brilliant news will be welcomed by all who have Perthshire’s economic interests at heart. It is a ringing endorsement of Perth as a great place to work and of the talented workforce that is available here.
“Perth has had an association with the insurance industry for many years meaning that there are generations of experience to hand as well as an educational infrastructure geared towards the sector’s needs that would be hard equal anywhere else in the country.”
Mr John Swinney MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for North Perthshire, added:
“This is excellent news for Perth. Aviva's decision is a vote of confidence in Perth and its workforce. It also cements the involvement of Aviva in Perth and that provides a great assurance about the long-term security of employment.”