The back­bone of a na­tion

The Herald Business - - Commercial Feature -

THE i mpor t ance of steel in our lives can never be un­der­es­ti­mated. It forms the fab­ric of our mod­ern world, from the homes we live in and cars we drive, to the power we use from elec­tric­ity lines and gas pipe­lines.

I t i s the back­bone of our econ­omy and nowhere is this more true than in La­nark­shire, with its proud his­tory of steel mak­ing.

To­day, steel re­mains a vi­tal el­e­ment of the re­gion’s econ­omy, thanks in no small mea­sure to UK Steel En­ter­prise (UKSE).

UKSE sup­ports a range of busi­nesses in tra­di­tional steel­mak­ing ar­eas across the UK and for more than 35 years, the Tata Steel sub­sidiary has been help­ing SMEs, and cre­at­ing jobs and wealth in La­nark­shire.

UKSE has in­vested £5mil­lion in man­aged workspace on flex­i­ble terms and of­fers 46,000 square feet of of­fice and light in­dus­trial space in Strath­clyde Busi­ness Park. Fi­nance from UKSE has also en­abled the cre­ation of 17,000 new jobs in Scot­land across 1423 busi­nesses – 8500 of th­ese jobs have been cre­ated in La­nark­shire.

UKSE’s ded­i­ca­tion to help small busi­nesses suc­ceed is show­cased in its on­go­ing sup- port of the La­nark­shire Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards, where the com­pany spon­sors the award for Best Small Busi­ness.

Anne Clyde, area man­ager for UKSE, says: “UKSE has helped hun­dreds of Scot­tish busi- nesses max­imise their po­ten­tial through use of our ser­vices. Our man­aged busi­ness cen­tre of­fers three-month rolling li­cences rather than for­mal leases and pro­vides 24-hour ac­cess, meet­ing rooms and free park­ing, help­ing keep costs down.

“We have also pro­vided more than £21m in fund­ing to Scot­tish-based SMEs, many of whom would not have had the chance to thrive with­out UKSE’s involvement. Loan and eq­uity pack­ages of up to £750,000 are avail­able to qual­i­fy­ing busi­nesses and we are very proud of the dif­fer­ence we have made and con­tinue to make within La­nark­shire’s busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“The La­nark­shire Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards give even the small­est busi­nesses an op­por­tu­nity to be recog­nised and cel­e­brated and this fits per­fectly with our goal to en­cour­age and sup­port busi­ness success in La­nark­shire.” For more in­for­ma­tion on UKSE and the sup­port it can of­fer visit www.uk­stee­len­ter­prise.co.uk or call 01698 845045.

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Green, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of UKSE, left, and Neil Macdon­ald, chair­man of Martin

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