750 jobs coming to Dunfermline as Amazon books in

Published: 14 Jan 2011 08:1148 comments

DUNFERMLINE has received a major jobs boost after the First Minister announced that online retailer Amazon will open up a new distribution centre in the city.

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Alex Salmond confirmed that the global giant will create 750 new jobs when it moves into a new 1 million square foot warehouse - the size of 14 football pitches - to be built in Sandpiper Drive, in the eastern expansion.

The new centre will be Amazon's biggest in the UK, it will be erected on development land next to the M90 and A92 and will distribute items to customers all over the UK, Europe and worldwide.

Mr Salmond said, "Amazon's plan to create a purpose built Fulfilment Centre in Dunfermline will create over 750 jobs and deliver a very significant boost to the local economy."

There will be 200 new jobs at Amazon's existing facility in Gourock and the firm said they also expect to create another 1500 temporary jobs during peak periods.

Existing staff at the firm's facility in Glenrothes, which was bought by Fife Council last summer, will move to the new centre in Dunfermline.

Scottish Enterprise have helped pave the way for Amazon to come to West Fife by providing £2 million in Regional Selective Assistance and £500,000 in training grants.

Mr Salmond continued, "Amazon has established itself as one of the world's leading online retailers and I am delighted with its decision to expand its Scottish operations and to create 950 jobs.

"The Scottish Government, Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise is doing all it can to attract new jobs and investment to Scotland."

Best known for selling books, Amazon was established in 1998 and specialises in selling films, music, computer games, software and electronic equipment over the Internet.

Their goods are stored in large regional distribution centres, such as the one announced for Dunfermline, before they are shipped out to their customers.

Dunfermline West MSP Jim Tolson said, "This is excellent news for Dunfermline and the jobs will be a major boost to our local economy.

"We've already seen Shepherd Offshore announce their plans for the adjacent Hyundai factory and with the excellent transport links and high quality skilled workforce we have, I hope Amazon's decision will act as an impetus for other companies to come here."

Amazon were first credited with a move to Dunfermline in December 2006 and a planning application was approved but the deal fell through.

The company's vice president of European operations, Allan Lyall, said, "Amazon is delighted that its biggest UK fulfilment centre is to be built in Dunfermline.

"It is a great location and it has been Amazon's priority to secure a new site as close to the current Glenrothes fulfilment centre as possible in order to preserve and transfer the entire skilled workforce with all its experience and Amazon knowledge.

"Our decision to base this major expansion in Scotland, against stiff international competition, is due not only to the excellent local workforce but to the impressive professionalism of Scottish Development International."

Councillor Tony Martin, chair of Fife Council's environment, enterprise and transportation committee, said, "This is the largest inward investment project in Fife for over a decade and it is fantastic news, not only for the people of Dunfermline and Fife but for the whole of Scotland.

"The facility will be one of the largest industrial developments ever in Scotland and for Fife to be chosen confirms its reputation as a first class business location and easy place to do business.

"It also demonstrates the hard work carried out by Fife Council's Invest in Fife team who promote Fife as the location of choice for business investment creating an average of 500 new jobs per year."

Fife Labour leader Alex Rowley said, "This decision is a real vote of confidence in Dunfermline and in Fife and shows that we have people with the skills, talent and commitment to attract such investment into the city of Dunfermline."

"I believe this is the first of many good new stories on the employment front that will come to the Dunfermline area over this year and we must move forward with confidence to ensure people are able to have access to training and skills to take advantage of the new jobs as they are created.

"We have a strong local labour market and I would expect all the agencies will work together to make sure local people get access to the jobs."

The Conservative candidate for Dunfermline, James Reekie, said, "This is outstanding news for Dunfermline and West Fife.

"The Conservative-led government is committed to growing the private sector and rebalancing the economy.

"This announcement by Amazon is a clear indication that the Government's economic policies are getting Scotland and Dunfermline back on its feet after Labours recession."

Chief Executive of Scottish Development International, Anne MacColl, said, "This announcement is great news for Scotland and demonstrates once again that Scotland continues to be an attractive location for international companies to invest.

"Amazon operates across the world and its decision to base its largest fulfilment centre in the UK here is testament to the hard work of colleagues from across SE and SDI to secure this investment for Scotland."

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