Cabinet Secretary officially opens office for a digital age

The Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown, will officially open Registers of Scotland’s (RoS) new offices at St Vincent’s Plaza (SVP) in Glasgow today.

The opening is just one of many activities that have been organised to celebrate the 400 year anniversary of the General Register of Sasines, the world’s oldest national land register held on behalf of the people of Scotland by the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland.

Scotland’s Makar, Jackie Kay, has also written a specially commissioned poem to mark the occasion and three previous Keepers of the Registers of Scotland joined the current keeper, Sheenagh Adams, at a dedication of public artwork in RoS’ Edinburgh headquarters earlier in the week.

The new office space in Glasgow has been in operation for just over 100 days and the move was designed to deliver both value for money and real change, taking us a step closer to achieving our goal of being a digital-first organisation by 2020.

Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown said:

“It’s fantastic to officially open this new office in the week that RoS celebrates its 400 year anniversary. The fact that this move has been so successful is testament to the many individuals who put in hours of hard work to make it happen.

“RoS has been the guardian of Scotland’s Land Register for four centuries and continues to play a unique role in relation to property transactions in Scotland. The move into this new office is an important part of RoS’ ongoing journey in supporting Scotland’s property market in a modern world, and I’m delighted to be part of that today.”

The Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, Sheenagh Adams, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the Cabinet Secretary today in what is a landmark year for RoS, and a jam-packed week celebrating not only our rich history, but also our next steps towards a digital future.

“Our new office environment uses a smart working digital approach designed not only to ensure we can continue to serve our customers, partners and stakeholders as efficiently as possible, but also foster a healthy and balanced working environment for our employees.

“This modern and ambitious project is a fitting way to mark 400 proud years of holding the world’s oldest national land register as we take the next steps in our journey.”

ENDS

For further information, please contact Jacq Kelly on 0131 479 3696 / jacq.kelly@ros.gov.uk.

Notes

  1. Registers of Scotland is a non-ministerial department of the Scottish Administration and holds trading fund status. It is responsible for compiling and maintaining 18 public registers relating to property and other legal documents in Scotland. RoS records and safeguards the rights of the individual while providing open access to information on the registers.
  2. RoS has offices in Glasgow (SVP) and Edinburgh (Meadowbank House, London Road).