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For immediate release: Monday 20 March 2017

SNP MSPs and MP WELCOME ECONOMY MINISTER DURING NORTH EAST INVESTMENT TOUR

Local MSPs, Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East) and Mark McDonald (Aberdeen Donside) and MP, Alex Salmond (Gordon) have welcomed Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Job and Fair Work, Keith Brown MSP on a day-long investment tour of the North East. 

This morning, Mr Brown visited Arjowiggins Creative Papers’ Stoneywood Mill industrial complex with Mr Salmond and Mr McDonald, Scotland’s last remaining paper mill. The company, which provides fine, security and industrial release paper, has been situated at their site in Stoneywood since 1770, employing almost 500 people in the local area. Mr Brown, Mr Salmond and Mr McDonald met with Angus MacSween (General Manager of Stoneywood Mill) and Managing Director, Jonathan Mitchell to discuss future investment opportunities. 

From there, he travelled onto Brewdog's world headquarters in Ellon, where he met with Finance Director, Neil Simpson and Richard Street from Property and Legal Projects, to discuss the company’s exciting expansion plans in Aberdeenshire. The company, with 50,000 international shareholders currently employs 660 people world-wide, just 200 of them outside of Ellon, and are expected to expand that to 950 by the end of the year. 

Speaking at the visit to Stoneywood Mill, Mark McDonald MSP said: 

"It was great to be able to welcome Keith Brown to the Stoneywood Paper Mill, which is almost 250 years old, and allow him the opportunity to discuss the future investment plans at the site. 
"Stoneywood Mill is a major employer in the North East economy with nearly 500 employees and an international reputation for the work that they do. It was good that the Cabinet Secretary was able to discuss the importance of the company to the local and national economy." 

Speaking during the Cabinet Secretary's visit to BrewDog, Mr Salmond said:

“Everyone knows that Brewdog is a phenomenal company, less people know that they are one of the fastest growing drinks companies in the world. They here are constantly working on new innovative projects and the exciting thing for us is that they are centred here in Ellon. 
“To have a company of world-growth potential headquartered and innovating from our own community is exactly why Gillian Martin and I, as their local members of parliaments along with Keith Brown as the Scottish Government’s Economy Minister, are determined to give this company every assistance in generating jobs locally so that they can export internationally.”

Gillian Martin MSP said:

"It was great to have the Cabinet Secretary along to visit Brewdog which lies in my constituency. They are a local success story who have shown how to take a local product and develop it into a global brand.
"They are a fantastic example of the opportunity in the food and drink industry in the North East and beyond. It is important we are able to provide Brewdog with the support they deserve to carry on expanding, delivering more jobs and investment in the region."

ENDS

For further enquiries, please contact Tom Collins - tom.collins@parliament.uk

Meeting at Stoneywood Mill. From left: Mark McDonald MSP, Keith Brown MSP, Alex Salmond MP, Anke Heggie, Angus MacSween, Jonathan Mitchell

Meeting at Stoneywood Mill. From left: Mark McDonald MSP, Keith Brown MSP, Alex Salmond MP, Anke Heggie, Angus MacSween, Jonathan Mitchell

Meeting at Stoneywood Mill

Meeting at Stoneywood Mill

Meeting at Stoneywood Mill

Meeting at Stoneywood Mill

Keith Brown MSP during meeting at BrewDog HQ, Ellon

Keith Brown MSP during meeting at BrewDog HQ, Ellon

Meeting at BrewDog HQ. From left: Neil Simpson (Finance Director, BrewDog), Keith Brown MSP, Alex Salmond MP, Richard Street (Property and Legal Projects, BrewDog)

Meeting at BrewDog HQ. From left: Neil Simpson (Finance Director, BrewDog), Keith Brown MSP, Alex Salmond MP, Richard Street (Property and Legal Projects, BrewDog)

Meeting at BrewDog HQ. From left: Neil Simpson (Finance Director, BrewDog), Keith Brown MSP, Alex Salmond MP, Richard Street (Property and Legal Projects, BrewDog)

Meeting at BrewDog HQ. From left: Neil Simpson (Finance Director, BrewDog), Keith Brown MSP, Alex Salmond MP, Richard Street (Property and Legal Projects, BrewDog)