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'The success of the enterprise zone has been a key factor in the regeneration of Lanarkshire', Scottish industry mi...
'The success of the enterprise zone has been a key factor in the regeneration of Lanarkshire', Scottish industry minister George Kynoch said today. The minister was opening a new £8m distribution centre developed by Harris Logistics at the Eurocentral Industrial and Distribution Park, Mossend.

The 650-acre Eurocentral site is one of Scotland's most significant industrial developments in decades. When fully developed it will be Scotland's biggest single industrial site.

Mr Kynoch added: 'We set up the enterprise zone in 1993, covering nine separate sites, to show the seriousness of our commitment to Lanarkshire in the face of closures in the old industries. Over 2.4 million square feet of floorspace have now been built or committed, with 32 companies expected to bring 6,000 new jobs to developments on the zone. We expected success and, through the enterprise agencies and private sector partners, we have seen that delivered.

'The commitment of Harris Logistics to Lanarkshire is very well placed. The company has developed the UK's first dedicated road and rail-served distribution centre served by a direct spur to the Eurocentral Channel Tunnel terminal. Lanarkshire Development Agency have played a key role in assisting the company in its relocation to the site. The jobs boost involved - 50 new employees and the futures of 150 staff safeguarded - adds strength to the ongoing recovery of the Lanarkshire economy.

'The government have never been complacent about the challenges which need to be overcome in the successful renewal of the Lanarkshire economy. But we have always recognised not only Eurocentral's key regeneration potential but also its strategic importance to Scotland. It has the potential to support as much employment as the former Ravenscraig complex at the height of its production capacity. The continuing development of this massive potential shows a remarkable and entirely justified level of confidence in the future success of the Eurocentral site, the Euro rail terminal and Lanarkshire.'

The distribution centre has been developed on one of the sites which form the Lanarkshire Enterprise Zone. The zone consists of nine designated sites across North and South Lanarkshire. It provides tax breaks, business rate exemption and simplified planning arrangements to companies until the year 2003.

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