The backbone of a nation
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.
NEW FOCUS: Stuart Green, managing director of UKSE, left, and Neil Macdonald, chairman of Martin Aerospace