There is some speculation that the global pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline, are planning to open their first new UK factory in 30 years, potentially creating 1,000 new pharmaceutical jobs.
Andrew Witty, chief executive of GSK is said to have not ruled out Montrose as a possible location for the new factory. The Montrose site current has 230 permanent and 50 part-time staff on it’s payroll.
Speaking of the Montrose site, Witty stated, “It is extraordinary to think that a few years ago the Montrose plant was close to shutting.
But the workforce applied great brain power to cost and process efficiently and now we are bringing work back from India – and Montrose is where it is going.
This is a workforce that has outmanoeuvred the threat of closure.”
Other sites shortlisted as possible locations for the new biopharmaceutical site include Barnard Castle, County Durham, Irvine and Ulverston.