Public performance reports

Economic development

The Council Plan Connect, outlines our objectives for 2017-22. Connect Priorities 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 Priorities show how our work links with our partners including our Community Planning Partners. 

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Each year we produce Annual Performance Spotlights which summarise how we have performed in achieving our Connect Priorities. To complement these we have created a suite of individual Public Performance Reports which focus on key areas of council business. This report outlines our performance in relation to our Economic Development Service and how this links to our objective to support the local economy by providing the right conditions for inclusive growth.

Note: Some 2019-20 performance and results were impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic

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 businesses assisted by our Economic Development team (via 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 Business Loans Scotland. 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 9,655 active businesses that are located within South Lanarkshire as well as new start up and micro businesses. 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 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 Are we improving?
SLC 1,637 1,971 2,064 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 over 2019-20 exceeded the annual target of 1,500. The figure was inflated above normal levels by companies requiring assistance during March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Number of jobs created or sustained as a direct result of our Economic Development team’s intervention.
Target - between 500 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 invest and take on more employees, increase turnover and develop new products and markets.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 Are we improving?
SLC 1,361 812 943 Yes
Scotland N/A N/A N/A
How we have performed in improving this public service

The number of jobs created/sustained in 2019-20 as a result of council assistance exceeded the previous year.

Value of sales generated by businesses as a direct result of our Economic Development team’s intervention. Target - £10 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 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 Are we improving?
SLC £23.0 million £13.1 million £11.91 million No
Scotland N/A N/A N/A
How we have performed in improving this public service

In 2019-20, the council’s support to businesses resulted in improved sales generated by businesses of £11.91million, exceeding the £10million target for the year.

We will take forward the following key areas for improvement:

  • Review town centre strategies to establish the impact and outcomes of Covid-19 and refocus support for town centres to aid recovery
  • Develop an Economic ‘Response, Recovery and Renewal’ Strategy framed around three themes: People, Place and Business.
  • Work with Business Gateway to increase numbers of new business starts

Since March 2020, the Economic Development service has been pivotal in delivering and processing Scottish Government business support packages in response to Covid-19. The focus going forward will be economic restart and recovery from the pandemic, and this will be framed around three themes:

People Targeted and bespoke active labour market policies alongside up-skilling and re-skilling the workforce and safeguarding apprenticeships.

Place Support economic infrastructure investment programmes, including measures to strengthen the delivery and maximise the impact of City Deal and capital projects. The council as planning and roads authority has a key role to play in facilitating the build of new homes, roads, business premises and other infrastructure which will create and safeguard jobs and boost the economy. We will continue to take a pragmatic approach to working with business and communities towards regenerating and sustaining our town centres. Promotion of South Lanarkshire as a prime business and investment location will also be a key feature of our economic recovery work.

Business Support for businesses will continue to be a priority and will work to ensure businesses have access to advisory and financial support, with a focus on our key sectors such as tourism, food and drink, construction, and will work with our partners to generate the high levels of business start-up, growth and innovation required to support greener, sustainable and inclusive recovery. We will also focus on supply chain management, building the capacity and capability of companies in local and export markets and will support the growth of social enterprise and third sector.

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 Priorities are prepared.

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

Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF) allows councils to work together, to use performance information in a way which will help understand variations, share knowledge, expertise and good practice, with a view to making improvements. At the core of the framework is an agreed suite of performance indicators. We report the results for these indicators, over time, on the website. Additionally, you can compare our LGBF results with other councils' using the mylocalcouncil tool. Not all local authorities are alike and so family groups of eight ‘similar’ councils have been set up for comparison purposes. Workshops take place throughout the year to discuss the indicators and results – South Lanarkshire Council is actively involved in these discussions.

The information contained within this report reflects the position based on the data available at the time of publication (February 2021)