The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Dairy cen­tre plan’s ma­jor jobs boost

- BY GEMMA MACKEN­ZIE Business · Fellowship Foundation · Scottish Government · Robert Graham · Robert Graham

Pro­pos­als to build a new £30 mil­lion dairy fa­cil­ity on the out­skirts of Stir­ling could cre­ate more than 500 new jobs, claims Gra­ham’s The Fam­ily Dairy.

The com­pany is seek­ing plan­ning con­sent, along­side Mac­tag­gart and Mickel, to build a 600 new home devel­op­ment and a na­tional dairy pro­cess­ing, re­search and devel­op­ment and train­ing cen­tre.

A new eco­nomic im­pact as­sess­ment for the pro­ject has found that it could be worth £65.3 mil­lion to the Scot­tish econ­omy and sup­port 1,425 full-time jobs when fully op­er­a­tional.

The as­sess­ment also shows that the dairy will de­liver 550 new on­site jobs, in­clud­ing 50 ap­pren­tice­ships, in ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing work­force of 400.

Gra­ham’s The Fam­ily Dairy man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Robert Gra­ham said: “Our pro­ject has at its heart in­vest­ment in peo­ple, af­ford­able homes, jobs, train­ing and in­fra­struc­ture to strengthen the Scot­tish econ­omy.”

He said it would be a pipe­line for de­vel­op­ing ex­cit­ing new prod­ucts and also help re­verse trends, such as 90% of but­ter bought in Scot­land be­ing im­ported.

A de­ci­sion on the out­come of the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion lies with the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

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Robert Gra­ham said the pro­ject would be a pipe­line de­vel­op­ing ex­cit­ing new prod­ucts for

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