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The major opportunities for business and economic development in the Far North, created by UKAEA�s commitment to restore the environment at Dounreay, were highlighted  during a visit to Forss Business and Technology Park, Caithness by the local MP and MSP on Friday 3rd October 2003.

John Thurso MP and Jamie Stone MSP visited the Park being developed by New Park Highland as part of a growing network of Technology Centres throughout Scotland. Touring the Park they were shown the transformation of a decaying and derelict site, unoccupied since 1992, into a hi-tech business park of strategic importance servicing the needs of UKAEA�s Major Projects and Engineering Division and companies involved in the decommissioning of Dounreay.

Jamie Stone said, �We are very fortunate in attracting Scottish company New Park, currently the country�s leading private sector developer of Business and Technology Centres, to develop the Forss site. The Park will provide major opportunities for Far North businesses to win work at the Dounreay site and from the national and international companies that will be located here.�

John Thurso said, �The development of the Forss Business and Technology Park demonstrates the major economic benefits that the decommissioning of Dounreay can bring to the local economy through effective partnership between the private sector and the public agencies of the Edinburgh and Westminster Parliaments. The creation of a prestigious, hi-tech Park has only been made possible by the joint commitment of New Park Highland, UKAEA and Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise. It is a model I hope to see copied by other agencies as the decommissioning progresses�

Murdo Mackenzie, New Park�s executive chairman, commented, �The Park will make a major contribution to the local economy by establishing the necessary infrastructure that will attract inward investment to the Far North and encourage the growth of existing businesses and new starts. It will also enable businesses based on the Park to tap into opportunities and expertise created by businesses in the national network of New Park�s Business and Technology Centres. We are creating something that will continue to bring benefit to the local area after decommissioning.�