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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07675: Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it will support Maxim Business Park in filling its vacant office space in light of the imminent completion of M74/M73/M8 roadworks.

Answered by: Keith Brown 15 March 2017

The Scottish Government and our agencies are working to deliver sustainable and inclusive economic growth across Scotland, including in North Lanarkshire, by promoting Scotland as an attractive place for business and innovation while investing in infrastructure such as the £500 million M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvement Project, which is nearing completion.

Our main economic development agency in central Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, works with Scottish Development International, the investment and trade promotion agency of the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, to promote Scotland as an inward investment location. Scottish Enterprise has worked closely with the owners of Maxim and will continue to liaise with them on the promotion of Maxim, and the wider Eurocentral development of which it forms part, to both inward investing and indigenous companies to secure investment, development and jobs.

A specific example of our support for Maxim can be shown by the move in 2014 of 400 Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) staff to Maxim, which has allowed SEPA to consolidate its operations in a central location, reduce the size of its overall estate and establish a new state of the art laboratory.