Diageo talks up Fife business as empire expands

Diageo development at Begg Farm, Cluny
Diageo development at Begg Farm, Cluny
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Councillors have made a visit to Cameronbridge Distillery in Windygates to discuss the “real issues” facing business in Fife today.

The were invited by Diageo to see what can be achieved through new investment, as the drinks giant completes the first phase of a new development at Cluny.

Lesley Laird, deputy leader of Fife Council and spokesperson for business, said: “Diageo has made a continued commitment to Fife through it’s operations at Cameronbridge and Leven and their new site in Cluny strengthens that even further.

“As well as helping to give the local economy a boost, their confidence in Fife sends a message to other national and international companies that the Kingdom has a lot to offer.

“Continuing to attract companies such as Diageo also helps our work to make Fife the best place to do business.”

The £150m Cluny development will house 46 warehouses, along with supporting cask filling and emptying facilities.

Diageo’s Operations Director for Warehousing and Blending, Harry Fox, said the Cluny Blond development, a five year programme was progressing on schedule.

“We have already seen significant investment and expansion projects completed at our Cameronbridge Distillery and Leven packaging plant and this development reinforces our commitment not only to this area, but to our business in Scotland as whole.” he added.

The development began in 2012 and the first warehouses were completed in 2013. Approximately 25 new Diageo jobs will be created and around 15-20 jobs in security, catering, cleaning and transport too.

Employment will also be created through construction on site with approximately 1,500 man-years of construction work needed to build the complete site, spread over five to seven years.

Much of this work will be completed by local contractors used extensively on recent projects at Cameronbridge and Leven.

As well as the completion of the first seven warehouses, sprinkler tanks and a gatehouse have now been completed at the site.

Other works also finished include an access road and ground work landscaping. One and a half million cubic metres of soil have been moved on site and 170,000 trees and shrubs have been planted too.

Councillors also recently paid a visit to Cameronbridge, another of Diageo’s sites in the Kingdom.

The purpose of the visit programme is to ensure that councillors have an opportunity to see at first hand the result of investment by the business community and have an opportunity to discuss the real issues facing businesses in Fife today.

“This is a massive site with superb links to the road network and we have worked closely with Fife Council and neighbours throughout the development.

“The first phase of the development has been completed on schedule, and phase two will see a further seven warehouses completed and operational throughout 2014”.