Politicians meet with OVO Energy bosses as 700 jobs set to be lost

OVO Energy is set to close its base in Inveralmond in Perth, with offices in Edinburgh, Cumbernauld and Dunfermline also affected.

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OVO Energy is set to close its base in Inveralmond in Perth.

Politicians are meeting virtually with the bosses of an energy company after it announced plans to cut a quarter of its workforce.

OVO Energy is set to close its base in Inveralmond in Perth, with offices in Edinburgh, Cumbernauld and Dunfermline also affected.

It is understood around 700 people work at the Perth office, where Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) is also based.

Deputy first minister John Swinney, MSP for Perthshire North, Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, and Jim Fairlie, MSP for Perthshire South and Kinross-shire, will meet virtually with Adrian Letts, CEO of OVO’s retail energy business, on Friday morning.

The SNP politicians say they are furious after OVO promised to increase the workforce and protect jobs when they took over from SSEN two years ago.

They said they will be seeking clarity on the number of redundancies planned and the timescale for the closure.

Conservative MSPs Murdo Fraser and Liz Smith are also meeting with the energy company to discuss the planned closure.

Fraser previously called on OVO to look into the possibility of allowing some of its Perth staff to work remotely from home rather than face being made redundant.

Across the country, OVO said 1700 would be lost, a quarter of the company’s employees.