South Scotland

Indian firm plans expansion in Alness and Selkirk

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Image caption The Scottish call centres have room for up to 300 extra staff at their sites

First Minister Alex Salmond has announced plans by an Indian firm to expand its Scottish operations.

Bosses at Hinduja Global Solutions Ltd (HGSL) are to visit Scotland later this month to develop their proposals.

The company - part of the Hinduja Group - recently bought the Careline contact centres in Alness in the Highlands and Selkirk in the Borders.

Careline provides call centre services and its Scottish sites have room for up to 300 extra staff.

The announcement follows a similar statement by Mr Salmond on plans by another Indian call centre firm to create new jobs in Larbert and Kilmarnock.

HGSL bosses will discuss the level of investment and number of new jobs they hope to create during their trip to Scotland.

Mr Salmond met two of the company's executive vice-presidents, Sridhar Krishnamurthy and Sanjay Sinha, during his visit to Delhi.

He said both the Scottish government and Scottish Development International - which works to attract foreign companies to Scotland - would assist HGSL with its plans.

He said: "I'm delighted to welcome Hinduja Global Solutions, Scotland's newest Indian investor, to the country.

"The company's financial commitment and expansion plans are a strong endorsement of the flexibility, dedication and skills of our workforce and the competitive advantage that Scotland offers to outsourcing operations with UK and European clients."

Mr Sinha said his company was "looking forward to the support of the Scottish government to help utilise the advantage that Scotland and its workforce can offer".

Mr Krishnamurthy added: "With high quality skills, Scotland provides an ideal location for setting up contact centres.

"We are eager to explore this opportunity to expand our footprint in the European market."

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