Business numbers, jobs and turnover on the up in North Lanarkshire

Businesses across the area enjoyed a prosperous 2017 according to figures published by The Scottish Government

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The annual Business Scotland Report shows an encouraging picture of the area's economy.

The report, which provides statistics for each of Scotland's 32 local authority areas, outlines how registered businesses in the North Lanarkshire Council area have:

  • Increased in number from 7,905 in 2016 to 8,195 in 2017 (up 3.7%)
  • Increased Employment from 92,940 in 2016 to 96,210 in 2017 (up 3.5%)
  • Increased Turnover from £14,939 Billion in 2016 to 15,038 Billion in 2017 (up £99million)

A breakdown of these headline figures show 285 new small businesses (employing up to 49 people) were created last year.

And, while there was no increase in medium sized businesses (employing 50 - 249), an additional five large businesses (employing 250+) were recorded.

Large businesses also created an additional 2,470 jobs, while small and medium sized businesses have also played their part, creating an additional 680 and 120 jobs respectively.

North Lanarkshire Council lead and manage Business Gateway services across North and South Lanarkshire. The programme is targeted to support 1,006 new start-ups and 491growing businesses annually.

Cllr Paul Kelly, Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: "We're committed to supporting business and growing the local economy.

"The figures relating to business growth and employment are really encouraging - and we want to set out a clear message that North Lanarkshire is a great place to operate a business, with plenty of support available, combined with a skilled workforce to help organisations to grow. And that's why we are saying North Lanarkshire is a place which is open for business."

One example of a small business in North Lanarkshire, which has grown considerably in recent months, is Coatbridge based Health Sure Physiotherapy.

Craig McHugh formed Healthsure Physiotherapy in 2014 with the intention of delivering a quality service with customer care and service at the forefront.

Since this time he has successfully launched five clinics in Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Hamilton, Aberdeen and Glasgow. The company currently employs 14 staff, with ambitious plans to employ additional staff in the coming years.

He said: "The great thing about being involved with Business Gateway is the ongoing support we've received. They help you to set up in business and provide excellent courses - you are given a point of contact and have regular updates with them.

"There's always additional support and potential funding sources and they keep you informed of all the new things that are available."

For more information go to www.bgateway.com

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