Falkirk Council approaches 2015 with optimism

Falkirk Council believes the district’s economy is well placed to move forward.

Reflecting on the last 12 months, a spokesman said the first benefits of the £67 million Tax Incremental Finance scheme were seen with the completion of the first phase of the M9 junction six and Earlsgate roundabout project. Other highlights were:

n 400 jobs sustained and created through Central Business Park expansion

n Funding stream support topping £500,000 since Business Gateway was taken in-house

n Falkirk Business Panel attendance rising

n ‘Free After Three’ town centre parking bringing benefits

n Internationalisation strategy resulted in leads for local firms

n New attractions add to tourism economy

n Over 500 Modern Apprenticeships created.

Looking ahead, there will be a focus on support and investment in key areas, including chemical sciences, engineering, energy and food and drink.

A new tourism strategy will shortly be unveiled, while town centre improvements will continue in Falkirk and Denny.

Four new industrial units will be constructed at Abbotsford Business park this year.

Councillor Dennis Goldie, economic development spokesperson, said: “2014 was a remarkable year for Falkirk, with the council’s work helping to build the area’s profile both at home and abroad and resulting in major outcomes across jobs, training, tourism and commercial development.

“The council has been working hard with the business community, our stakeholders and partners across many initiatives to deliver real benefits for businesses, residents and visitors, and we have equally ambitious plans to make a difference in 2015.”