November 29, 2012

Alliance Boots today confirms that it is in discussions concerning the first major project within the Nottingham Enterprise Zone (NEZ) in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government Nottingham City Council and D2N2, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

In March 2011, the Alliance Boots site in Beeston, Nottingham, was awarded Enterprise Zone status by the Government, following a visit by the UK Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Enterprise Zones are designated areas with incentives to encourage the creation of new businesses, which will contribute to the growth of local and national economies.

Today’s announcement is expected to result in the redevelopment of site infrastructure, including land preparation and remediation activities, to help ready it for commercial use. The programme will also include a number of public infrastructure works.

The works, subject to ongoing discussions in respect of detailed specifications and necessary planning approvals, will commence during 2013, providing job opportunities for local communities across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The proposed improvements to the site are expected to further strengthen its position as a centre for innovation and product development in the health, beauty and wellness sphere, and help to attract new businesses to the Nottingham area.

Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman, Alliance Boots, comments: “The Nottingham Enterprise Zone represents a unique opportunity to create a new innovation platform that will assist in the future development of the UK’s health, beauty and wellness market. As Alliance Boots continues to grow its international presence, Nottingham is as always extremely important to us. Our proposed investment in the Enterprise Zone further illustrates our commitment to the region and the UK as a whole.”



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Alex Gourlay, Chief Executive, Health & Beauty Division, Alliance Boots, added: “We are very pleased to be working with the Government and local authorities on this opportunity for Nottingham. The creation of the Enterprise Zone builds on Boots strong heritage of innovation in Nottingham, and is good news for attracting new commerce to the local area.”

Mark Prisk, Local Growth Minister, said: "I'm delighted to see the Nottingham Enterprise Zone get underway, demonstrating how the public and private sectors can work together to create a stronger future for UK business and local industry. The new Enterprise Zone is set to become a firm stronghold for UK PLC right in the heart of England, with the support it brings for new businesses creating jobs and boosting growth across the country."

Councillor Collins, Nottingham City Council, said: “It is 20 months since the Prime Minister announced Enterprise Zone status for this site and we have spent that time working with partners to secure today’s significant funding proposals. Regeneration, economic growth and stability are absolute priorities for Nottingham City Council and today’s news demonstrates very clearly our plans are working. We are heading in the right direction and by establishing and working closely with such key partnership groupings we have a dynamic blend of skills and entrepreneurship to achieve our aim of rejuvenating our economy and creating employment.”

About the Nottingham Enterprise Zone
In March 2011, the Alliance Boots site in Beeston, Nottingham, was awarded Enterprise Zone status by the UK Government. Enterprise Zones are designated areas with incentives to encourage the creation of new businesses, which will contribute to the growth of local and national economies.

The Nottingham Enterprise Zone is comprised of part of the Alliance Boots site in Beeston and three other smaller sites – the Beeston Business Park, the Nottingham Science Park and the MediPark site (at Queens Medical Centre) which together make up 286 acres (116 hectares).

The Alliance Boots site in total consists of 279 acres (113 hectares) and the Group’s vision is to create a UK centre for innovation in health beauty and wellness in Nottingham. The site will offer a cost effective, high quality, centrally located site for health and wellness businesses such as business incubators, start-ups and small and medium enterprises. As well as existing buildings suitable for redevelopment, the site also includes around 100 acres (40 hectares) of brownfield land suitable for development.

About Alliance Boots
Alliance Boots is a leading international, pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. Working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists, we are committed to improving health in the local communities we serve and helping our customers and patients to look and feel their best. Our focus is on growing our two core businesses: pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution.

Alliance Boots has a presence in more than 25* countries and employs over 116,000* people. Alliance Boots has pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses in 11* countries and operates more than 3,330* health and beauty retail stores, of which just over 3,200* have a pharmacy. In addition, Alliance Boots has around 625* optical practices, of which around 185* operate on a franchise basis. Our pharmaceutical wholesale businesses supply medicines, other healthcare products and related services to more than 170,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* distribution centres in 21* countries.
* Figures are approximations as at 31 March 2012 and include associates and joint ventures.

For further information, please contact:

Katie Johnson/Julie Longton, Alliance Boots. Tel: +44 (0) 207 980 8585

Una Kent/Clare Stafford, Boots UK. Tel: +44 (0) 115 959 5995

Katie Lang/Claire Scicluna, RLMFinsbury. Tel: +44 (0) 207 251 3801

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