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Tyre man is in limbo over deal.


A LEADING entrepreneur is considering quitting Scotland for South Africa after being left frustrated with government officials over grants to expand his business.

Alan Henderson, 44, makes a revolutionary product at his Bellshill base which prevents tyre punctures.

And he has won an impressive list of clients, including Buckingham Palace, the MoD and a number of overseas franchises.

But he has warned his company's future in Scotland is in jeopardy because Scottish Office mandarins are dithering over a vital expansion grant.

Mr Henderson, from Condorrat, in Cumbernauld, explained a pounds 80,000 grant from the Scottish Office was essential to open a plant in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire to replace his current factory.

He said: "There are massive potential benefits for Scotland but the delays mean we are being forced to consider a move to South Africa."

"The delays means the company is left in limbo."

But a spokesman for the Scottish Office said: "We are awaiting further responses to further their application."


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 22, 2002
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