West Lothian to benefit from food and drink enterprise areas

Three new food and drink enterprise areas have been launched in West Lothian following the closure of the Hall’s of Broxburn site earlier this year.

West Lothian Council launched two of the enterprise areas in Broxburn and a third in Eliburn, Livingston, after the the meat processing site closed in February with the loss of 1,700 jobs.

The areas are part of the Scottish government’s overall economic development strategy and will focus on food and drink manufacturing. Executive councillor for development and transport in West Lothian Cathy Muldoon explained that the area’s excellent infrastructure and skilled workforce offered a great opportunity for job development in the area.

Scottish Enterprise director of innovation and enterprise services David Smith said: “The enterprise area designation is good news for West Lothian and will be key to driving greater business growth and investment. We welcome the focus on food and drink manufacturing and the significant potential to deliver new jobs and growth for the economy.”

West Lothian council leader John McGinty heralded the announcement as a huge boost for West Lothian and added: “West Lothian Council has worked closely with partners including the Scottish Government Taskforce, Skills Development Scotland and Jobcentre Plus to develop the West Lothian Economic Growth Plan, which will now be delivered by the council. Enterprise Area status is a key driver to its success.”

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