spoke of her dismay that Swift Horsman, a joinery company with a
facility in Dalbeattie, has gone into administration with the loss of 40
The news follows on recent reports of redundancies at BSW’s Howie
Sawmill in the town, another significant local employer.
Dr McLeod commented:
“I am absolutely dismayed at this bad news for Dalbeattie and the
surrounding area. The loss of 40 jobs in a small area is a significant
blow for the local economy.
“The timing of the announcement so close to Christmas couldn’t possibly
be any worse and my heart goes out to the staff and their families.
“Whatever the future may hold for the company, the immediate priority
must be to make sure that everyone affected has access to proper advice
and support, which is complicated by the fact that many Government
departments and agencies will shortly close down for Christmas.
“I will today be contacting Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Chief
Executive to ask that everything possible is done by the local agencies.
“I will also be seeking urgent talks with the Minster for Enterprise,
Energy & Tourism Fergus Ewing, both on the immediate situation with
Swift Horsman and also on wider employment issues in Galloway.
“I hope that public bodies and politicians can work together just now to
make sure we do everything we can to help the people who have lost their
jobs and their families too.”