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Prime Minister visits Sony distribution centre, rebuilt after last year's riots

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"The fantastic new distribution centre I've seen can handle more orders and has created the potential for more jobs in the area."

Prime Minister David Cameron has visited Sony’s newly built UK distribution centre in Enfield, North London; the original building was destroyed by fire during the London riots of Summer 2011.

The Prime Minister praised Sony for its efforts in retaining local employees and utilising the original site - the centre is a provider of around a quarter of the UK’s home entertainment media.  The new, more advanced distribution centre was built in time to be operational with stock for the peak Christmas sales period.

Speaking at the opening of the new site, Mr Cameron said: 

The riots last summer were devastating for many local communities and the businesses within them. I’ve heard today how upsetting it was for the employees here at Sony DADC to see the building they had worked in - some of them for many years - reduced to rubble. But I want to commend Sony for seeing this as an opportunity to rebuild an even better facility and for protecting the jobs of those employed here while they did it.

The fantastic new distribution centre I’ve seen can handle more orders and has created the potential for more jobs in the area. I’m delighted to be here to wish Sony well as they move back to their home in Enfield today.