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Boost for Lanarkshire businesses

Published Friday, 10 March 2017

new Business Gateway contract awarded to local company Lanarkshire Enterprise Services (LESL)

A Business Gateway contract has been awarded to dramatically improve the fortunes of thousands of new and existing businesses.

After an extensive procurement exercise South and North Lanarkshire Councils have awarded the new contract to local company Lanarkshire Enterprise Services (LESL) which is worth potentially £6million over the four year period. 

Business Gateway is a nationally branded service for the delivery of information, advice and support for start-up businesses and existing companies who have the ambition and capability to grow.

The service will be delivered over both North and South Lanarkshire Council areas and will run initially from 1 March 2017 until 31 March 2019, with the potential to extend for a further two years.

LESL has successfully delivered the Business Gateway in Lanarkshire since the introduction of the service in 2002, supporting around 1000 new start businesses and working with more than 1400 established companies each year. In addition, around 200 businesses are engaged with annually on developing and implementing plans for significant growth. 

Councillor Chris Thompson, Enterprise Chair of South Lanarkshire Council, said: “Business Gateway is a great example of how local authorities can work together for the betterment of the wider area. In this case, together with LESL we will be working hard to help businesses prosper here in Lanarkshire, and the aim is that this will promote a thriving economy and bring jobs to the area.”

Cllr Allan Graham, North Lanarkshire Council’s convener of regeneration, said: “The Business Gateway service in Lanarkshire has always been recognised as one of the best performing services of its kind in Scotland and this announcement offers the prospect of this high level of support for Lanarkshire businesses continuing. Good use of new technology to bring further benefits to help support the development of the Lanarkshire economy.”

Marian Gardiner, Operations Director for LESL, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract to deliver the full range of Business Gateway services and look forward to bringing the LESL’s considerable experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to support both councils achieve their ambitions for the Lanarkshire economy.”

“The award of the new contract shows the strength of both councils’ commitment to supporting local businesses as a fundamental component of local economic performance.”

The announcement of the Business Gateway contract comes at a time of significant investment for Lanarkshire and will be an important contribution by both councils towards the important initiatives in developing the wider City Region and in particular the Glasgow City Deal.