SSE backs Perth’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021
With strong historic links and around 2,600 people employed at its headquarters in Perth, SSE is delighted to back the city’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.
SSE Chief Executive Alistair Phillips-Davies said the company was serious about giving something back to the communities it operates in, and Perth's ambitions to transform itself by putting culture at the heart of the local economy chimed with that philosophy.
"Paying the Living Wage, helping school-leavers into work, backing urban renewal programmes and supporting communities in areas we invest in all make a difference to people's lives,” Mr Phillips-Davies said.
"While we are based in Perth, we are a geographically dispersed company and we know that culture can bring people together and increase opportunities. The impetus cultural investment gives to regeneration in urban areas is also well known, and we would like to see the same opportunities for the people of Perth and Kinross.
“SSE also sees the bid will attract and help retain the skills and talent we need in Perth to grow our business. We are delighted to be backing Perth's bid and we are excited to see how things develop."
The company is proud of the role it played in bringing heat and light to thousands of homes in Perthshire and beyond with its hydro-electric schemes in the 1940s, and that heritage is now celebrated in its new £4m Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre.
Cllr Ian Miller, Chair of the Perth 2021 Programme Board, welcomed SSE's support. He said that as a small city serving a large rural area, and as the ancient capital of Scotland, Perth was unique among City of Culture contenders.
"SSE is a major employer in the Perth and Kinross area, and we are delighted that it is supporting Perth's bid to be City of Culture 2021," Cllr MiIler said.
"We are already working closely with SSE on projects to, among other things, support local young people into employment in the area.
"SSE’s support for the Perth 2021 bid will further cement our relationship, and I would like to thank them for coming on board."