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CBI Scotland boss warns against Diageo vendetta

As we have covered over the last few weeks, the ongoing protest against the potential closure of a Diageo plant in Scotland has become all-encompassing and now involves key figures from the world of politics, business and the workforce of Diageo. However, Iain McMillan the director of CBI Scotland, believes that while protests at the potential loss of 700 jobs are justified, if the protests are taken any further this may prevent other companies from looking at Scotland as a potential base for the future.

In public the directors of Diageo have been very careful not to comment on the situation, for fear of inflaming the problem, but behind the scenes they fully support the comments of Iain McMillan regarding the potential damage the protests could do to the Scottish economy. When you see the likes of Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish Executive, at the head of a 20,000 protest crowd this does not bode well for the long-term future of Scotland as a base for business. When you consider the company has been operating in Scotland for over a century, is the ongoing criticism wholly justified?

The CBI Scotland director also made an interesting comment regarding the recent closure of the Japanese NEC factory in Livingston, and the loss of hundreds of jobs there, a situation which went relatively uncovered by the popular media and did not even register on the radar of Scottish politicians.

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