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North Lanarkshire is investing in People, in Innovation, in Connectivity and in Change. Making it the place to live, learn, work, invest and visit.

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Invest: In People

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Invest: In People

Creating a skilled workforce that is job-ready

  • Half the population of Scotland is based on North Lanarkshire’s doorstep

    Half the population of Scotland is based on North Lanarkshire’s doorstep

  • Working-age employment rate of 71.3% - above the Scottish average

    71.3% of working age people (16-64) are economically active

  • 6% increase in the number of residents (8,700) in employment over last four years – double the 3% Scottish rate.

    Working age population of 219,051

Our workforce is a highly skilled one. We have people who are connected to employment and we support them to access jobs. Through our North Lanarkshire’s Working partnership, we have supported over 7,000 people into work over the last four years. We’re continuing to develop our people for tangible and real roles in the workforce through a wide range of support training and advice.

Crucially, we work closely with our businesses and key industry sectors to identify skills’ shortages and work with further education and training facilities to match industry needs with skilled workers.

Our Lanarkshire Business Gateway service provides free advice and support to those thinking about setting up in business and those looking to sustain, grow or diversify their existing businesses.

  • 92.2% of senior school pupils move to further or higher education, training or a job

    92.2% of senior school pupils move to further or higher education, training or a job

  • North Lanarkshire’s youth employment rate (69%) is significantly higher than the Scottish average (53.4%).

    North Lanarkshire’s youth employment rate (69%) is significantly higher than the Scottish average (53.4%)

  • One of the biggest apprenticeship programmes in Scotland.

    One of the biggest apprenticeship programmes in Scotland

We know this area and our people. We’re also working hard to align our education curriculum to meet current and future business needs.

Our schools ensure there’s a range of learning and support pathways for our young people, equipping them with skills for life and work as they move on to further or higher education, training or a job. We have a refreshed focus on vocational education and all our secondary pupils from August 2021 will benefit from an afternoon every week aligned to vocational, employability and wider development opportunities.

Along with our partners New College Lanarkshire and the University of Strathclyde, we have launched Smart Hub Lanarkshire which is home to a robotics and automation training facility providing dedicated space for manufacturing businesses to meet, learn and access business support and academic expertise. The Hub is also working with our local schools to excite and inspire our next generation of young people in an increasingly digital world.

We work closely with local schools to find the brightest young engineers

Paul Douglas, Volvo Mothwerwell

Invest: In Innovation

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Invest: In Innovation

The number of businesses operating in North Lanarkshire has grown by 24% over the last decade

  • 8,390 Businesses
  • £16,790bn Turnover
  • 100,080 Employees

One of Scotland’s fastest growing economies

Fostering innovation and growth are key to our plans to regenerate the local economy.

We have supported the development of BioCity and Medicity, a state-of-the-art life science and medical technology incubator based in Newhouse.

Individual firms have been catalysts for innovation, whether using cutting-edge technology such as Indeglas glass products or being at the forefront of life sciences such as BioAscent which provides access to compound management and screening to test and develop new drugs.

Firms need to harness innovation to achieve market cut-through. Here in North Lanarkshire, we have the infrastructure to make that happen with many companies pioneering innovation or seizing grant opportunities like global potato firm, Albert Bartlett, which has built an on-site frozen facility at its premises in Airdrie or our new Smart Hub Lanarkshire which is leading the way in supporting manufacturing and engineering businesses to utilise robotics and automation technologies.

We are launching new funds to support local businesses to recover, diversify and grow and offer free consultancy support to businesses in a range of specialist areas, whilst expanding our digital support services to companies.

These facilities in compound management are not available anywhere else in the UK

Paul Smith, BioAscent

Invest: In Connectivity

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Geographically North Lanarkshire Is The Hub of Scotland.

Jeanette McIntyre, Indeglås

Home to Major Distribution Networks for Lidl, Morrisons, Brewdog, DPD & More

48% of all marketable land within the Glasgow City Region is here

Home to Major Business Hubs at Eurocentral, Maxim Park, Biocity & Strathclyde Business Park

We have an enviable road, rail and air infrastructure which allows us to run our business on a global basis.

Paul Smith, BioAscent

Served by the three major motorways in Scotland

Rail links to Glasgow, Edinburgh and the rest of the UK

Within 45 minutes of two international airports

The investment that has been made in North Lanarkshire in infrastructure, has been absolutely vital to the success of this business.

Paul Douglas, Volvo Motherwell

£240m from Glasgow City Region City Deal & North Lanarkshire Council being spent on key infrastructure projects throughout the area

£127.5m investment in Ravenscraig Infrastructure Access & some Pan-Lanarkshire Orbital Corridor projects

£18.5m investment in transforming Motherwell Station into a transport hub

Invest: In Change

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Global Pandemic Response

The global pandemic has brought significant challenges for businesses in North Lanarkshire, but we're supporting them as best we can, with over £86 million of grants awarded to support local businesses. We're focussed on getting businesses back on track to continue growth at the previous rate and beyond.

We offer practical help and solutions for businesses but it’s important that we provide the infrastructure and environment to help businesses prosper.

Regenerating town centres, building integrated town & community hubs

The current landscape of the area is changing, with £3.6million already invested in the acquisition of vacant and derelict sites, £2million to support new town centre infrastructure including car park improvements and a further £2million of improvements planned. Our exciting town and community hubs will transform town centre living and working and bring about changes to the way that people work and access services.

It will also drive significant investment in the construction sector and in the creation of jobs. The redevelopment of Ravenscraig alone has the potential to create 6,500 jobs, deliver 3,000 new homes and generate £360m in GVA for the local economy.

Improving Digital Connectivity

We see digital connectivity as an impetus to drive inclusive economic growth and tackle areas of digital exclusion, North Lanarkshire’s ambition is to be a leading digital authority with a world-class, future-proof digital infrastructure providing gigabit-capable fibre broadband connectivity to homes and businesses.

From town centres to business parks and our more rurally located communities, we see universal connectivity as a key enabler in delivering our shared ambition of ‘inclusive growth and prosperity for all.’ The council’s own digital programme will see investment in our own facilities and will facilitate private sector investment providing the foundations to transform our town centres into ‘smart’ communities, and connect businesses and people through enhanced digital connectivity across the region. We already have 5G in the key towns in Bellshill, Cumbernauld and Motherwell, with others to follow shortly.

Changing lives & Creating Growth Opportunities

Underpinning this ambitious plan for North Lanarkshire is how the council is working with partners to regenerate the economy and build growth to benefit everyone in North Lanarkshire.

We are helping to improve the lives of everyone who lives, works or visits here by driving inclusive growth, increasing skills and generating jobs and training opportunities.

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