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Falkirk business plan announced
Falkirk (pic by Undiscovered Scotland)
Falkirk wants to boost its local economy by attracting businesses
A major programme to encourage businesses to set up or move to Falkirk has been unveiled.

The local council is to invest 11m in a move to create new business accommodation in four areas.

It will come after the completion of a project to transform the area's former Alcan aluminium plant into a business park and create more than 700 jobs.

Falkirk Council said it would generate the funding through selling off some of its property.

'Job opportunities'

The local authority's economic development convener, David Bryson, said the investment programme would meet the needs of a range of business wanting to expand in, or relocate to, Falkirk.

"By successfully developing our business property portfolio, we'll ensure that businesses can grow and prosper in Falkirk, leading to many new job opportunities for our residents," he said.

The latest plans include a 4.8m development of new offices and industrial space as well as three new office buildings costing 3.6m in Grangemouth.

A 2.5m project at Falkirk's Callendar Business Park aims to create 20,000 sq ft of office space and it has also been proposed to build space for four smaller businesses in Larbert.

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