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Jobs in store for Amazon centre
Amazon website
The company is opening its second UK dispatch centre
The online retailer, Amazon, has announced plans to create up to 300 jobs at a new facility in Scotland.

The storage operation will be built at Gourock in Inverclyde and the company has received backing from development agencies.

Goods will be stored at the site before being sent out to customers across the UK. The depot will also handle international orders.

It is expected that the site will be up and running later this year.

Amazon is best known for selling cut-price books, compact discs and other electronic goods.

The Faulds Park operation, Amazon's second in the UK, is described as a "fulfilment centre" and will be housed in a building owned by Scottish Enterprise and which is being refitted by the agency.

The Gourock operation will help us to dispatch even more customer orders quickly and efficiently
Allan Lyall
Amazon European Operations
Scotland's Enterprise Minister Jim Wallace said the announcement followed talks between the company and Scottish Development International.

He said: "Attracting investment in growth industries is an important strand of the Smart, Successful Scotland strategy and I am pleased that Amazon's plans for a facility in Gourock have been supported by an offer of 1.6m in Regional Selective Assistance from the Scottish Executive.

"I would also like to thank Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise Renfrewshire for their assistance to Amazon, which has helped convince the company that Scotland is a place in which they want to grow and develop their business."

Recruitment drive

Allan Lyall, Amazon's Vice-President for European Operations, said the 300,000 sq ft facility would complement its fulfilment centre in Milton Keynes.

He said: "The Gourock operation will help us to dispatch even more customer orders quickly and efficiently."

Amazon has launched a recruitment drive to staff the 300,000sq ft centre.

Vacancies range from typical distribution roles, such as packers and shippers, to support staff for human resources, information technology, facilities management and operations management departments.

Martin Togneri, the senior director of Scottish Development International, believed the "confidence" shown by Amazon showed Scotland continued to be a location from which "major multinational corporations can do great business".

"We have developed a close and positive relationship with the company and are pleased Scotland is now set to reap the rewards of these efforts," he said.

Duncan McNeil, Labour MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, said: "Inverclyde has a proven track record in attracting inward investment from leading companies and this announcement shows that employers still know that this is the place to do business."

David Cairns, the Labour MP for the area, said: "This is just the sort of investment we need. It will broaden our economic base and make us less dependent on the electronics sector for employment."


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