Over £1.5m in grants benefit businesses

North Lanarkshire receives one of the highest grant levels in Scotland

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Businesses in North Lanarkshire received one of the highest levels of Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grants in Scotland, helping them to expand and grow.

The local authority area saw the second highest financial level of grant awards made in 2018, totalling £1,586,500. The seven grants accepted by local businesses will safeguard or create 124 jobs.

RSA grants are available to help projects that will create or protect jobs in Scotland. The amount offered depends on the size of a business, the location of a project and an assessment of how much is needed for the project to go ahead.

Yvonne Weir, North Lanarkshire Council's Enterprise Manager, said: "The figures underpin North Lanarkshire's growing profile as an attractive place for businesses to invest, locate and grow.

"And it's not difficult to see why. Taken together, the offer to businesses is compelling. We have land, office and industrial space, a skilled and talented workforce and some of the best road and transport networks in the country.

"North Lanarkshire enjoys good levels of RSA geographical eligibility and is well positioned to accommodate businesses with the vision and ambition to succeed and grow."

RSA grant awards for West, East and the South of Scotland in 2018 totalled £21,057,000; North Lanarkshire received 7.5% of this.

Of 21 Scottish local authority areas receiving RSA grants, North Lanarkshire was second only to the Glasgow City Council area which accepted nine grants worth a total of £10,805,000, safeguarding and creating 967 jobs. This included one grant of £6,595,000 and the creation of 476 new jobs.

North Lanarkshire businesses benefiting from RSA grant investment include:

  • GDR Food Technology Food Ltd, Bellshill - £400,000, 38 new jobs to be created
  • Enocell Ltd, Newhouse - £220,000, 10 new jobs to be created
  • Aquapac Ltd, Cumbernauld - £200,000, 13 new jobs to be created
  • Adams Foods (Motherwell) Ltd - £160,000, 9 new jobs to be created and 7 safeguarded
  • Andersen Caledonia Ltd, Bellshill - £145,000, 7 new jobs to be created and 10 safeguarded

RSA recipient Aquapac Ltd, based in Cumbernauld, was awarded £200,000 of grant funding in 2018. The company design, manufacture and supply wooden furniture products for UK and international markets.

Stephen Connachan, Managing Director commented: "RSA has been a valuable source of support in our continued development plans. We located to Cumbernauld in 2017 and have embarked on a £3.1m programme of investment and improvement in relation to premises, infrastructure and machinery.

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