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Public Performance Reports

Economic development and regeneration

The Council Plan Connect, outlines our objectives for 2012-17.  Connect ambitions and objectives should not be seen in isolation, they interact with each other and as we achieve success in one, we move closer to success in others.  In delivering our vision to ‘improve the quality of life of everyone in South Lanarkshire’ our ambitions show how our work links with our partners including our Community Planning Partners. 

Each year we produce an Annual Performance Report which details how we have performed in achieving our Connect objectives. To complement the Annual Performance Report we have created a suite of individual Public Performance Reports.  This report outlines the performance in relation to economic development and regeneration and how this links to the outcomes of our ambitions to ‘Promote recovery and sustainable economic growth’ and 'Make communities safer and stronger'.

Economic development and regeneration

In partnership with local communities, voluntary agencies, the private sector and other public organisations, the council aims to promote employment creation, social inclusion, physical development and sustainability. 

The following indicators illustrate how we are performing in terms of fulfilling these aims, with more detail provided in the South Lanarkshire Economic Strategy 2013-2023.

Number of people supported through council employability programmes who go on to access employment or training/education – Target 1,500 people per year

What this means This indicator identifies the number of people in the area supported by council programmes who go on to access employment, training or education.
Why this matters Ensuring the right skills are in place and getting people into work is a major challenge in a period of slow job growth.  The number of redundancies experienced over recent years has added to the growing number of people on unemployment benefits, adding pressure to the prospects of those with limited experience.  To address this, South Lanarkshire Council delivers employability services which focus on priority client groups such as the young, those with low skill levels, or those with significant barriers to overcome.  With the right sort of targeted support, these vulnerable groups can secure a job and make progress in their working lives.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Are we improving?
SLC 2,516 2,532 2,542 Yes
Scotland N/A N/A N/A
How we have performed in improving this public service

We continue to support an increasing number of people into employment, training or education, consistently exceeding our annual target of 1,500 people.

 

Number of businesses assisted with grants, loans or property advice - Target 1,500 businesses

What this means The council provides a range of advice and financial help for businesses based in the South Lanarkshire area.  Financial help is provided through the Business Support Grant and West of Scotland Loan Fund.  The council also provides advice to businesses through Business Gateway and the Lanarkshire Property Advice Service.  This indicator identifies the number of businesses assisted by the council via these grants, loans or property advice.
Why this matters The council has a key role in ensuring that there is an environment that is as supportive as possible to the near 9,000 active businesses that are located within South Lanarkshire.  As in most areas across Scotland, small businesses are the bedrock of the economy of South Lanarkshire and the council recognises that it needs to focus its efforts on the development of these businesses.  Early intervention, preventative advice and pre-start care are all important in helping companies achieve a stable financial position.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Are we improving?
SLC 1,546 1,514 1,560 Yes
Scotland N/A N/A N/A
How we have performed in improving this public service

The number of businesses assisted by the council continues to exceed our annual target and is higher than last year.

 

Number of jobs created or sustained as a result of local authority intervention - Target between 500-1,000 jobs

What this means This indicator identifies the number of jobs being created or sustained (saved) per year as a direct result of the above intervention by the council.
Why this matters The council recognises that it needs to focus its efforts on the development of those businesses which have growth potential.  For this reason, council assistance provided in the way of grants, loans or property advice is directed towards helping businesses take on more employees.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Are we improving?
SLC 1,643 1,288 718 No
Scotland N/A N/A N/A
How we have performed in improving this public service

The number of jobs created/sustained in 2015-16 as a result of council assistance is within the annual target range of 500-1,000 jobs.

 

Value of sales generated by businesses assisted as a result of local authority intervention - Target £10 - £20 million

What this means This indicator identifies the value of sales generated by businesses as a direct result of the above intervention by the council.
Why this matters The council recognises that it needs to focus its efforts on the development of those businesses which have growth potential.  For this reason, council assistance provided in the way of grants, loans or property advice is directed towards helping businesses be more competitive and increase turnover and profit.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Are we improving?
SLC £20.9 million  £9.7 million £10.1 million Yes
Scotland N/A N/A N/A
How we have performed in improving this public service

In 2015-16, the council increased its overall support to businesses resulting in improved sales generated by businesses.

 

Number of business gateway start-ups per 10,000 population - No target

What this means This indicator provides the rate of business gateway start-ups per 10,000 population.
Why this matters This high level indicator is important because new business formation is a good indicator of how conducive South Lanarkshire Council is to entrepreneurship in the business environment.  Small businesses are the lifeblood of local town centres and communities.  A fundamental aim of Local Government is to improve the business creation and growth of small businesses in their areas.  The provision of good quality support and assistance remains crucial to increasing new business formation and sustainable growth of enterprises.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Are we improving?
SLC 16.3 15.9 14.9 No
Scotland 19.0 18.9 16.9
How we have performed in improving this public service

The number of Business Gateway start-ups per 10,000 population within South Lanarkshire Council has declined compared to the previous year and is lower than the Scottish average.  The National Business Gateway unit is the centralised service for managing enquiries from potential business start-ups.  In 2015-16, the number of referrals which were made from the National Business Gateway to the local Lanarkshire Business Gateway service declined and this has been partly responsible for the decline in number of Business Gateway start ups within South Lanarkshire for the year.  Local marketing of the Lanarkshire Business Gateway service has been increased to redress this issue.

 

Percentage of procurement spend on local small/medium enterprises - Target 19.7%

What this means The percentage of procurement spend on small/medium enterprises relates to the value of council contracts and services which are awarded to small and medium sized businesses in South Lanarkshire.
Why this matters Procurement spend in local government accounts for a significant proportion of total spend.  This measure, which focuses on the proportion of this spend which is targeted at small and medium sized businesses, is an important indicator of the progress councils are making in delivering on their standing commitment to investing in their local communities.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Are we improving?
SLC 9.4% 11.0% 11.9% Yes
Scotland 19.6% 19.6% 19.7%
How we have performed in improving this public service

In 2015-16, the percentage of procurement spend on small/medium enterprises was higher than in the previous year; although still lower than the Scottish average.  It remains a council objective to increase local procurement spend to match the Scottish average.

Areas for improvement and action

We will take forward the following key areas for improvement:
• enhance our engagement with the business community in order to improve companies’ performance and turnover
• deliver the national Developing the Young Workforce Initiative which aims to improve youth employment levels via our schools, colleges and local employer
• maximise job and training opportunities arising from the City Deal.

Further information

Resource Plans are prepared each year by all council Resources to outline the key developments they intend to take forward in the year.  Performance and actions relating to economic development and regeneration can be found in the Community and Enterprise Resource Plan

Twice a year, performance reports are presented to council committees on progress against the Resource Plans. In addition, reports detailing progress against the Council Plan Connect objectives are prepared – see Quarter 2 and Quarter 4 performance reports.

More information on Council objectives can be found in the Council Plan Connect and also the Annual Performance Report.

The information contained within this report reflects the position based on the data available at the time of publication (March 2017).