Following the transition from traditional industries of mining, textiles and brewing, Clackmannanshire has undergone significant change in the past decade making it an increasingly attractive place to live and work.
Clackmannanshire could make a huge difference to your company with low cost rents, comprehensive business support initiatives, new business parks, good quality housing and a skilled local workforce – all in a central Scotland location.
Clackmannanshire is fast shaping up as a prime location for new and expanding business. The mix of beautiful countryside and prime business properties, together with a dedicated team of experts at hand to provide assistance for your requirements, provides Clackmannanshire with an increasing reputation as an attractive business location at an affordable price. Small wonder it’s fast becoming a prime location for new, relocating and expanding businesses.
During 2005 to 2008 major investments of almost £1/2 billion secured valuable economic development in Clackmannanshire, the result of this being that Glasgow and Edinburgh are now less than an hour’s drive away, and Stirling just ten minutes.
The landmark developments in this transformation included:
- Re-opening Alloa Railway Station
- The Clackmannanshire Bridge
- Quality housing development in the backdrop of the Ochil Hills
- Major retail developments
- Three new secondary schools
- New Forth Valley College campus
- Town Centre improvements
The employment base in Clackmannanshire is no longer concentrated in traditional sectors and, with high-quality business accommodation catering for all sizes of company’s, Clackmannanshire has a growing number of small businesses to compliment the large-scale employers in the county.
Business Improvement District (BID)
In April 2008, Clackmannashire became Scotland’s first county-wide business park Business Improvement District (BID), A BID is a public/private partnership established to provide enhanced services, in addition to those delivered by the statutory authorities, by businesses voting to invest collectively in local improvements within a precisely defined geographical commercial area.
The Clackmannanshire BID , Clacksfirst Ltd, covers 200 companies in ten business parks and industrial estates which benefit from Security Improvements such as a Clacksfirst CCTV network, Recycling initiatives and the installation of Clacksfirst Directory signage throughout Clackamannanshire’s business parks. Another BID for Alloa Town Centre, ATC Ltd, has since been established to bring additional investment to enchance the image and facilities of the town centre.
Clackamannanshire’s main town has benefited from the ‘Image Alloa’ project – £2.4m of improvements to enhance paving and streetscapes including new public artworks and shop front enhancements to give Alloa a unique selling point and cohesive visual theme.
In addition to the new schools, a new purpose-built college opened in 2011 making Clackmannanshire a place of increasing opportunity and growth.
Clackmannanshire is a great place to locate a business for many reasons. As well as offering excellent infrastructure, it is also a great place for employees to live, making it an attractive proposition for businesses wishing to locate a growing organisation.
The Way Forward
Any business wishing to relocate or expand into Clackmannanshire can be assured of the expertise of several business support initiatives. Clacksfirst Ltd and Alloa Town Centre BID can offer support to those businesses looking to move onto Clackmannanshire’s business park and industrial estates or Alloa Town Centre respectively.
Imagine Alloa – Better for Business, exists to help businesses find suitable premises and make their move into Clackmannanshire with the least disruption possible to their operation through liaising with the local authority and private landlords on their behalf.
Clackmannanshire Council’s Economic Development Team provides the way forward for your successful investment or move into Clackmannanshire. The team actively works with companies interested in locating within, or relocating to the county.
A co-ordinated partnership approach will be provided to meet your investment accommodation – just one of the many reasons why your company should choose to relocate or invest in Clackmannanshire.
Distances to the nearest:
- Airport: Edinburgh 40 minutes – Glasgow 53 minutes.
- UK motorway network: 10 minutes
- Seaport: Grangemouth 20 minutes.
- Cities: Edinburgh 50 minutes – Dundee 1 hour – Glasgow 50 minutes – Manchester 4 hours – Newcastle upon Tyne 3 hours.