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100th business pledge firm

Published: 8 Sep 2015 09:00

Edinburgh games company signs up for growth through innovation and fair work.

Edinburgh computer games developer Blazing Griffin has been named as the 100th organisation to sign up for the Scottish Business Pledge.

Their Pledge recognises that Blazing Griffin is paying the Living Wage and has no employees on zero hours contracts.

The company is also committed to prompt payment and workforce engagement and innovation underpin plans to expand into North America and Asia.

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work Roseanna Cunningham met company staff at their Edinburgh office and saw a preview of some their upcoming release, The Ship: Remasted. The title, due for launch in early 2016, is the studio's largest project to date and will build on the success of The Ship franchise which has over a million existing players.

She said:

"Congratulations to Blazing Griffin on their decision to sign up to for their Scottish Business Pledge, and for being the 100th firm to do so.

"These 100 businesses and organisations have undertaken to implement progressive workplace policies which support their growth ambitions and treat and pay staff fairly. This is a very positive start, and signals the growing enthusiasm of the business sector to share our vision of an innovative, entrepreneurial Scotland that grows in a fair and sustainable way.

"The Scottish Government will do everything we can to help businesses invest, innovate, export and expand. We want even more firms to commit to boosting their productivity through innovation, internationalisation, fair work and increased diversity in the workplace.

"Scotland has the lowest proportion of employees on zero hours contracts among the countries and regions of the UK, but we want to do more. Companies that Pledge to invest in youth, prompt payment and playing an active role in the community deserve recognition as part of a fairer and more competitive Scotland."

Blazing Griffin's Managing Director, Peter van der Watt said:

"In an industry such as games, as in most creative endeavours, the people behind those creations are tantamount to success. Investing in those people and building strong relationships with suppliers and treating both fairly have always been central to our business strategy.

"We've received a lot of support from the Scottish Government and all our local partners over the past four years, we're more than happy to sign up for the Scottish Business Pledge and encourage others to do so too."

Notes to editors

Scottish Business Pledge has nine components: paying the living wage; not using exploitative zero hours contracts; supporting progressive workforce engagement; investing in youth; making progress on diversity and gender balance; pursuing international business opportunities; playing an active role in the community; commitment to prompt payment; committing to an innovative programme.

More information about the Scottish Business Pledge is available here.