Falkirk bosses told better times are coming

Professor David Bell from Stirling University addressing the Falkirk Council Business Update event
Professor David Bell from Stirling University addressing the Falkirk Council Business Update event
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Bosses believe the economy is on the upturn in Falkirk and are backing it with the promise of hiring more staff.

Bosses believe the economy is on the upturn in Falkirk and are backing it with the promise of hiring more staff.

Many of the small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) attending the recent Falkirk Council Business Update are reporting higher sales – with continued growth anticipated throughout 2015.

A survey of delegates at the conference in Falkirk Town Hall found that over half, 54 per cent, expected to employ more staff next year, while 45 per cent will invest more in their business.

Shaping the area’s new economic strategy was on the agenda at the annual event, with attendees being asked to give feedback on what factors encourage a business to invest in Falkirk, the kind of support businesses find most useful, key developments or infrastructure improvements needed in the area and how to strengthen links between education, training and employment.

Over 140 business people from across the district attended the event, organised by the council’s growth and investment unit. Councillor Craig Martin, council leader, opened the proceedings by highlighting the area’s leading position on economic matters in Scotland, whether it be through petrochemicals at Grangemouth or tourism with the Helix and Kelpies.

Professor David Bell from Stirling University provided an overview of the national economic strategy and how the evolving landscape will affect Falkirk.

Councillor Martin said: “This year, the Business Update played an important role in enabling us to consult with local firms on the main areas that will shape the development of a new economic strategy. In the future the council will need to provide services with fewer resources so there was a need for the business community to have its voice heard on what has to be delivered.”