Council secures nearly £1m for new business premises
December 06th 2013
West Dunbartonshire Council has secured £900,000 in funding to build new workshops and create up to 31 jobs.
Funding for the workshops at the Vale of Leven Industrial Estate near Dumbarton is part of a £25 million fund from the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant which is used to transform disadvantaged areas in Scotland.
The fund, which has been developed in partnership with local authorities, will support projects that can deliver new and improved infrastructure and bring significant positive outcomes for deprived areas.
The Council, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Strathleven Regeneration Community Interest Company will work together on the £1.8m project to provide 17,000 sq. ft. of new flexible workshop space in the Dumbarton and Vale of Leven area, where there is high demand for suitable premises.
Councillor David McBride, Convener of Housing, Environmental and Economic Development, said: "This is a significant project and investment for West Dunbartonshire and it will open the door for businesses to expand or be ideal units for new businesses. For the first time in many years the Council will be building new industrial premises to meet local demand using its capital funds and funding from the Scottish Government."
Councillor Lawrence O'Neill, Depute Convener of Housing, Environmental and Economic Development, said: "Around 500 employees currently work in the Vale of Leven Industrial Estate and there is great potential to expand business opportunities there and enhance its setting. The Council is keen to attract new businesses to the area and these new multipurpose units in the heart of the estate have input from surrounding local communities as the project develops".
The units will range from approximately 500-1500 square feet in size and be completed by summer 2015. Business interested in finding small workshop space should contact the Council's Business Support team on 01389 737 777.