Lab in Linlithgow will bring jobs to the town

Business development manager Jim Henderson with managing director Dr Jennifer Newton
Business development manager Jim Henderson with managing director Dr Jennifer Newton

A chemistry laboratory is to open in Linlithgow, creating more than ten jobs, thanks to a donation from the West Lothian Economic Growth Plan.

Express Microbiology has been awarded £45,000 to support its plans to open a new laboratory which will allow the Linlithgow-based company to branch out into chemical testing.

The business, which was set up by Dr Jennifer Newton in 2003, specialises in the testing of food and environmental samples and employs 41 full-time staff.

Dr Newton said: “We are delighted that our application to the WLEGP was successful. Our goal is to expand our operation to include chemistry testing.”

The firm hopes to open a laboratory in the town and plans to employ at least ten staff over the next five years.

Cathy Muldoon, executive councillor for development and transport and chair of the enterprise sub group, said: “It is fantastic that we have a business like this one growing in our area.”