Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has this week welcomed the Scottish Government announcement that it has awarded the Falkirk Distillery Company in Polmont a £444,000 grant towards start-up costs.

Preparatory work has already started on the site nestled next to the Antonine Wall, one of Falkirk district’s major tourist attractions. It is expected that once completed, the distillery will provide 86 full time jobs and is expected to attract around 75000 visitors a year.

The company intends to invite some of Scotland's best known iconic brands to take up occupancy in the visitor centre's six retail units with a licensed restaurant and fully equipped conference facility also part of the exciting plans

Joining Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead for the announcement at the Royal Highland Show, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said:

“I am delighted that Falkirk Distillery Company has been awarded this substantial grant from the Scottish Government. The next few years will be an exciting time for the Scotch whisky industry, with massive expansion in demand expected from emerging markets in India, China and South America and it is fantastic that Falkirk will play its part in that expansion of trade“.

“There couldn’t be a better time to be starting up a distillery, and I look forward to the distillery and visitor centre becoming a major attraction for both local residents and tourists alike.

“Whisky was last produced in Falkirk district in 1993, so it is great to see the industry bounce back locally.

“This extremely welcome funding will support the creation of nearly 90 new jobs, further investment and create export opportunities for our local economy."

Further information about Falkirk district’s newest tourist attraction can be found here:

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