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PACE: Support for business recovery professionals 3 April 2013


The Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) is the Scottish Government’s initiative dedicated to helping individuals and employers with advice and support when faced with redundancy.

The PACE Partnership, which includes the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Business Gateway and Jobcentre Plus, with other partners, responds to redundancy situations through providing skills development and employability support to minimise the time people affected are out of work.

How PACE can help you… and your clients

If you are a business recovery professional working with Scottish based clients, PACE would love to work with you.

Working together would help PACE deliver its services while taking some of the strain from you to allow you to concentrate on your business objectives. And it’s free of charge.

PACE Advisers have extensive experience, they visit companies affected by redundancy, meet staff and offer impartial advice on a range of topics including:

  • Coping with redundancy stress

  • Understanding the redundancy process, related rights and entitlements

  • Writing CVs, application forms and covering letters

  • Looking for jobs and preparing for interviews

  • Identifying future career and training opportunities.

Local and national information packs are available in print format or online.

Business recovery specialists talk about PACE

“Our experience of working with PACE has been very positive. They really did help us to help the staff affected. I would definitely recommend PACE to anyone working through a redundancy situation.”

Craig Morrison, RSM Tenon

“Those facing a redundancy situation often have a wide range of questions that an Insolvency Practitioner is not qualified to answer. Being able to pass on PACE contact details reassures me that they are getting quick access to the advice they need.”

Stephanie Wright, MLM CPS Limited

A company’s perspective

The employer

While restructuring the business, Barr Ltd called on the expertise of PACE to ensure staff at their steel plant were given relevant support.

Alison Reilly, Personnel Manager at the East Ayrshire based company, said: “As an employer it’s important to look after every member of staff and to respond to what they need. That can be challenging when dealing with redundancies but through PACE every person has access to support that’s relevant to them.

“Whether someone is looking for financial information or training advice to help them change job, PACE can deliver. It’s a great support to employers as well as staff at a difficult time.”

PACE Advisers were on-site at the plant at the earliest opportunity, Alison said: “A number of staff had worked with us for 20 years and were wondering what they would do next. Being able to sit with a PACE Adviser and talk through their options gave them the confidence to go for different opportunities.

“Around 96% of the staff being made redundant from our steel plant have since found employment. I would encourage any employer going through restructure to use PACE as it’s an asset in the redundancy process and helps prepare staff to move on.”

The employee

When Brian Harrison was made redundant from Barrhill’s Barr Construction Ltd last May, he met with Skills Development Scotland’s PACE Adviser Lorna Argente.

The Newton Stewart man saw an opportunity to provide consultancy services in legal compliance and in health and safety regulation for transport and haulage companies.

“This was really what I had been doing in my previous job and realised I could do this for other firms – especially smaller ones which might find it more cost effective to have a consultancy service. Lorna helped me organise training in the new skills I needed for this and for setting up my own business,” said Brian, 41.

He added: “With the help from SDS, I was able to get training which allowed me to get my business up and running, but which would be useful on my CV if I was going to apply for any jobs. It was really about keeping all my options open and making the most of any opportunities that were out there. I think that is important wherever you are, but especially in a rural area.”

Brian now has a growing number of local clients and has attracted contracts from English organisations to deliver services for them in Scotland.

Getting in touch

Call Skills Development Scotland on 0800 783 6000 or visit



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