Moray MP and MSP fear for Kura contact center workers at Forres after contract loss

Part of the Strathcona House office on Forres Enterprise Park has already been closed according to an anonymous tip to the Gazette.

Key MORAY politicians are concerned about local job losses following the announcement of a lost business contract.

Forres Enterprise Park’s Kura Contact Center has confirmed that Scotland’s main energy company will not renew contact with the outsourced service provider.

A Kura spokesperson explained: “Scottish Power has renewed its front office customer services in 2021. During this process we have not been successful. We are currently consulting with our employees who are affected by this decision.

“We continue to be a long-standing and valued partner of Scottish Power for a range of services.”

Moray MP Douglas Ross fears there will be job losses after the company lost the contract with Capita.

He said: “The loss of this crucial contract is deeply concerning for the workforce at Forres. This number of jobs means a lot more in a community like Forres and all avenues must be explored to protect them.

“I urge Kura to reassure staff who will understandably be anxious about potentially losing their jobs.”

Capita’s offices are in Glasgow and the North West of England. Scottish Power has carried out similar re-tendering programs across Scotland.

Mr Ross added: “Employees are already feeling the effects of an ever-growing cost of living crisis.

“Losing jobs would be a huge blow to families, as well as the wider local economy.”

Mr Ross and Moray MSP Richard Lochhead have contacted Kura to see what can be done to protect local jobs.

Mr Lochhead said: ‘I will continue to work with the businesses involved and public bodies to ensure affected staff are supported. I will also pressure all parties to try to save jobs at Forres.