The Amazon centre in Dunfermline was officially opened and will eventually create up to 1500 temporary jobs during the Christmas period, says the Scottish Government.
First Minister Alex Salmond has joined Amazon’s Vice President of European Operations Allan Lyall and Fife Council leader Cllr Peter Grant to officially open the company’s new one million square-foot fulfilment centre in Fife.
The Dunfermline facility - approximately the size of 14 football pitches and Amazon’s largest UK fulfilment centre - will eventually create 750 new permanent jobs and up to 1,500 temporary jobs during the peak Christmas period.
Mr Salmond and Mr Lyall also visited Amazon’s new customer service centre in Edinburgh where the First Minister presented certificates to Amazon employees joining the company on a permanent basis. The centre at Waverley Gate handles both internet and telephone customer queries for Amazon.co.uk, including technical support for Amazon Kindle and MP3, and will create more than 900 new permanent and temporary jobs over five years.
Both developments, along with the creation of 200 new posts at Amazon’s Gourock fulfilment centre, are backed by £4.3 million of Scottish Enterprise RSA and training awards, and underline the continued confidence of major inward investors in Scotland.
Funding of up to £6.3 million has also been made available to support the construction of the Dunfermline building through the SE Scottish Property Support Scheme.
The First Minister said: “The opening of Amazon’s fantastic new fulfilment centre in Dunfermline is a testament to their continued success as a world-leading online retailer and to the skills and abilities of the Scottish workforce that the company continues to recognise in its investment decisions.
“The Scottish Government, working with our enterprise agencies and with SDI, is determined to continue working with leading global companies such as Amazon to encourage them to invest and grow their business in Scotland, delivering jobs and supporting economic growth across the country.
Mr Lyall commented: “We are delighted to open our largest UK fulfilment centre here in Dunfermline. We aim to offer our customers the highest level of service and this centre will play an important role in the delivery of millions of items to customers all over the UK, Europe and the World. The talented workforce from our Glenrothes fulfilment centre is transferring to Dunfermline and bringing with them a wealth of experience and Amazon knowledge for the benefit of all our customers.
“These experienced employees are being joined by a new, strong, local workforce with recruitment continuing over the Christmas period and into the New Year. We look forward to a successful future here in Dunfermline and would like to thank the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International for their commitment and cooperation at every stage.”
Cllr Grant added: “We are delighted to welcome Amazon to Fife and to see this massive fulfilment centre officially opened today. This is the biggest inward investment into Fife in a generation and we are extremely proud that Amazon has chosen Fife as the location to create 750 new jobs and even more during peak times.
“The decision is a tribute to the quality of the workforce at Amazon in Glenrothes and I welcome the fact that they will have the chance to take up jobs in the new centre. It proves that Fife is an ideal place to live, work, visit and invest.”