£3.8m centre tipped to help small businesses grow

CONSTRUCTION work is underway on a new £3.8 million business centre in Newton Mearns, which has been tipped to benefit small companies.

Greenlaw Business Centre is being developed by East Renfrewshire Council and will be funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal. The facility is expected to be complete by early next year and will provide office accommodation in up to 38 suites over two storeys.

Council leader Tony Buchanan said, “Greenlaw Business Centre will help to meet a growing demand for flexible business space in the area, supporting start-ups and existing small businesses to grow and create new jobs. This forms part of a range of ambitious projects for East Renfrewshire made possible thanks to our £44 million Glasgow City Region City Deal investment.

Council leader Tony Buchanan with new apprentice Cameron McCulloch and Allan Cunningham from Morrison Construction

“I’m pleased to see the contractor Morrison Construction embracing the ethos of delivering additional benefits through City Deal contracts by creating four new construction jobs, skills development activities and support for community projects.”

The council said it will work with Morrison Construction and Clyde College to support two funded construction pre-apprenticeship courses, starting in August this year.

Allan Cunningham, Morrison Construction’s operations director added, ‘‘It is exciting to reach the key milestone of construction and we are already making significant progress on site. At Morrison Construction we are committed to providing community benefits through the projects we undertake.

“During construction we will continue to engage with stakeholders from the community, creating opportunities in education and employment, and ensuring the positive local impact of this development into the future.”