Labour leaders check out the real thing

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 by The Manufacturer

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray visited Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) in East Kilbride this week to see first hand the investments the company is making in its local community.

The CCE site houses both a manufacturing facility and education centre and the company has recently invested heavily in local employment and educating young people across Scotland to the ‘world of work’.

With over £50m invested over the last 12 years, CCE’s workforce in Scotland now numbers over 400. In 1999 the company opened a dedicated on-site education centre, offering business studies, computing, marketing, product design and enterprise skills.

Mr Balls and Mr Gray – the local MP for East Lothian – met with CCE staff at the East Kilbride site and were given a guided tour of its facilities along with an insight into its community directives and its target of zero waste to landfill.

Jim Fox, head of public affairs at Coca-Cola Enterprises, said: “We were delighted to welcome Iain Gray and Ed Balls to our East Kilbride site, and to provide them with some insight into the work we are doing to benefit both the local community and the wider economy in the region.

“We are fully committed to having a positive impact on all the local communities where we operate, and in East Kilbride our primary goal is to supply the brands that people love in a sustainable and responsible way. We are extremely proud of our long history of bringing employment to the region. In recent years the education centre has allowed us put even more back into the community and to engage with local people on a whole new level.”

Ed Balls and Iain Gray on a recent visit to Coca Cola enterpises in East Kilbride

The Labour leaders learned about CCE's commitmnets to its local community