Date lodged: 14 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-06985 by Paul Wheelhouse on 13 March 2017, what (a) financial and (b) other support was offered by (i) Scottish Development International, (ii) Scottish Enterprise and (iii) other public bodies to help prevent the closure of the Greggs bakery in Loanhead.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 29 March 2017
Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International provided information on the types of public sector support, including financial support, SE Account Management, and Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service engagement, that could potentially be made available both to safeguard jobs at the Loanhead bakery and to assist with the development of a Centre of Excellence at Cambuslang. Whilst Greggs welcomed the information provided, they did not ultimately take this forward despite attempts to engage with the company to progress the offer of support in the second half of 2016.
However, I note that building work has commenced on upgrading Clydesmill to a Centre of Excellence for sweet bakes production and will be complete within the next few months. The upgrading process will take up to two years based on a phased approach as different bakeries begin making the other products made at Clydesmill.