30 September 2013

Stevenson Welcomes SSE Committment to Banffshire Business

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed a commitment by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) to support local businesses.(R)

The company has set up the Open4Business web portal, which gives local business the opportunity to share in investment being carried out by SSE.

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission, a division of SSE, has received consent from Moray Council to build a new substation at the site of the existing substation at Blackhillock.

The Open4Business team will be holding an event at Ugie House Hotel, Keith. This event will give local businesses the opportunity to meet the team, register their business and learn more about the scheme.

Stewart Stevenson commented:

“I am pleased to see that SSE is looking to support small and medium sized businesses in the area.

“It can be difficult for companies to discover what opportunities are available and for organisations to know which businesses are able to provide them with the services that they are looking for.

“I therefore welcome this initiative, and would encourage any interested businesses to register their interest with SSE and to attend the event in Keith on 9 October.”

The Open4Business portal can be accessed at

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plans to upgrade the electricity transmission in and around Blackhillock. Alongside the principal contractors, a consortium of Bam Nuttall Limited and Siemens Transmission and Development Limited, they are hoping to meet suppliers and award a share of the £120 million contracts to local businesses.

The Open4Business team will be at the Ugie House Hotel, Keith, AB55 5BR from 2.00pm to 6.00pm on 9 October 2013.

(R) Voluntary Declaration: My family and I are small shareholders in SSE. The total amount is below that which Parliamentary rules require be published in my Register of Interests.

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