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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Business park jobs boost

A TOTAL of 15 jobs are expected to be created at Annan Business Park with the arrival of two national trade suppliers later this year.

Building work is ongoing on the new units for Screwfix and Howdens Joinery at the site in Stapleton Road.

And both firms are hoping to move in later this year, with Screwfix opening a store, while Howdens will have a depot.

A spokesperson for Howdens Joinery said: “We have been looking for the right location in Annan for a few years now and we are very pleased to be planning our opening at Stapleton Road as part of our national expansion programme.”

Annandale South Councillor Ian Carruthers is delighted at the development and what it means locally.

He this week said: “This is great news and a very welcome boost for the area. Hopefully when other businesses see these national companies coming to the Annan area it will have a knock-on effect to attract others.”

Fellow councillor David Inglis added: “Unfortunately, Annan has experienced some job losses recently, so this is very good to hear and I welcome these very reputable

companies to Annan and wish them well.”

The business park is operated by Seamount Property and director Andrew Hutchinson said: “Seamount Property is delighted to break ground on our latest trade counter development.

“Once complete the new units will offer modern energy efficient space and securing operators of the calibre of Howdens and Screwfix to Annan is great news for the local economy.”

South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) were involved in the deal to bring the companies to town and chairman Professor Russel Griggs said: “SOSE’s new five year plan includes a commitment to support improvements to the South of Scotland’s infrastructure to help attract investment into the region.

“An example of this commitment is our deal at Annan Business Park, which will provide work for locally based R H Irving Construction and will create new jobs through the arrival of two new national trade suppliers in the town.”

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