MSPs are to debate the decision by contact lens manufacturer Bausch & Lomb to close its Livingston factory.
A BUSINESSMAN who sold his contact lens company to Bausch & Lomb for £20 million has criticised enterprise chiefs and the Scottish Government for a "failure of leadership" following the US firm's decision to axe 500 jobs in West Lothian.
A TOP sportswear firm is set to close its Lothian plant with the loss of around 60 jobs.
DOZENS of jobs are to be lost at an electronics plant in West Lothian.
BANKING giant HBoS has announced it is axing a total of 425 jobs, including posts in Livingston.
TWO killer cousins were facing life sentences today after brutally murdering a stranger as he walked to work.
MOTOROLA’S chip plant in East Kilbride and development centre in Livingston learned yesterday of a dramatic twist to their future fortunes.
MOTOROLA, the troubled tech company that last week saw its chief executive quit, met more trouble yesterday as it emerged it will not be able to supply two important digital camera mobile phone models in time to meet this year’s US holiday season.
WHILE current signs are encouraging, the closures of the Motorola and NEC factories marked one of the darkest periods in West Lothian’s manufacturing history.
MOBILE phone company Motorola is to axe 300 jobs when it closes its South Queensferry plant on the day before the Scottish Parliamentary elections.
NEC was adamant last night that no jobs are under threat at its computer plant in Livingston, as a sea of rumours and accusations engulfed the factory and its workforce.
MORE than 400 Scottish jobs are under threat amid confusion over the future of an NEC computer assembly plant.
ELECTRONICS giant NEC today announced it was closing its personal computer plant in Livingston with the loss of 465 jobs.
ELECTRONICS giant NEC was last night on the brink of completing its withdrawal from Scotland as it revealed it is planning to sell or close its Livingston computer plant with the potential loss of around 465 jobs.
THERE were fears last night for the future of more than 400 Silicon Glen jobs after Japanese reports that NEC is to close its desktop computer factory in West Lothian.
THE announcement by NEC earlier this week that it is to "mothball" its Livingston facility with the loss of a further 1200 jobs hopefully ends what has been an annus horribilis for job losses in West Lothian, coming so soon on the back of the decision to close the Motorola cell phone division in Bathgate with the loss of more than 3000 jobs.
ABOUT £6 million will be pumped into the West Lothian economy to help it recover from the massive blow the area suffered this week when the electronics giant NEC announced that 1,200 workers are to be made redundant.
The loss of 1,200 jobs at NEC is not only a severe blow for the West Lothian economy, it is also underlines the fact that the Scottish economy is too reliant on electronics, oil and whisky for wealth generation that has to pay for core public services.