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Perthshire politicians to meet with OVO bosses this week over jobs fears

Perthshire politicians have revealed they will this week meet with OVO bosses to discuss potential job losses.

The energy giant announced last week it was closing its Perth office where it is understood around 700 OVO employees are based.

Local SNP MSPs John Swinney and Jim Fairlie and MP Pete Wishart have arranged a meeting with the company's senior management on Wednesday.

OVO took over the retail arm of SSE in January 2020.

Last Thursday OVO announced it was restructuring. The restructuring programme will see OVO reduce its number of UK offices from 10 to three. They will be in London, Bristol and Glasgow.

Its Perth base at Grampian House on Dunkeld Road will close.

OVO has confirmed it has launched a voluntary redundancy programme but the number of workers taking voluntary redundancy is uncertain at this point.

A new OVO Academy will be opened in Glasgow. Staff who live within 30 miles of it will be based at that office. Anyone outside the 30-mile radius will work from home.

A spokesperson for OVO said: "Scotland is a great place for our business, which is why we’re making it an operational centre of excellence, and one of our three office locations.

"We are opening a new OVO Academy in Glasgow, creating opportunities in the city that hosted COP26, for those who want to be at the forefront of the UK’s green revolution.

"While we’re closing some of our offices, there is an opportunity for remote working. The pandemic has changed the way we work, and many of our offices are underused with people already working remotely.

"We’re committed to investing in Scotland; creating higher skilled, better paid jobs in Scotland.”

Perth and North Perthshire MP Pete Wishart called the decision to shut the Perth office "shameful".

He told the

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