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The Banks Group creates value through the sensitive development of land. Banks Renewables, Banks Mining and Banks Property create sustainable projects that support the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of the communities within which we operate. A family business we employ around 400 people across Scotland and the north of England and pride ourselves on “Development with Care”.

In Lanarkshire Banks Renewables’ Connect2Renewables initiative, a partnership with local communities and South Lanarkshire Council is delivering new opportunities for local people and maximising the social, economic and environmental benefits from our wind farms in the area. The initiative promotes a range of opportunities including direct training and employment, apprenticeships, scholarships and start-up awards for local people and businesses.

Our support for these important awards and the Apprentice of the Year is a further recognition of the importance we place on developing people and businesses in the communities in which we work. We wish all nominees the very best of luck!

With nominations closing this week for the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards (LBEA), previous winners are going from strength to strength.

No fewer than three local finalists in the Herald Family Business Awards is a previous LBEA winner.

Caitriona McAuley the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards said: “To have one previous winner in the Family Business Awards would be a tremendous accolade.

“To have three is absolutely phenomenal.”

2014 Winner 2The companies in the running for the latest set of awards are:

  • S Collins and Sons Butcher based in Muirhead, winner best small business 2014
  • Healthcare Environmental Services from Shotts who scooped best business in 2010
  • And Strathaven-based QTS Group who took best green business 2013

Today Healthcare Environmental group marketing manager Paul Smart said: “There is no doubt in my mind that the close links we have forged with other Lanarkshire businesses through the Lanarkshire Business Awards have contributed to the company’s success.

“This past year especially, has seen tremendous growth for the group with the opening of our £10m custom-built Northern HQ built within our new purpose built 37 acre Hassockrigg Eco Park development. Located in Shotts, these facilities represent Healthcare Environmental’s commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and ensuring that our customers benefit from a dedicated site to reduce waste and recover energy.

“The Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards helped raise our profile within the community and build relationships which have contributed to our success.

“We are all keeping our fingers crossed for even more success in the Herald Family Business Awards in a few weeks time.”

Nominations for the 2015 Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards closes this Friday, 14 November.
For full details of all the categories and to apply visit

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Clyde Gateway is Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration programme. It is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise, backed by funding and direct support from the Scottish Government. Our task, over a over a 20-year period until 2028, is to lead the way on transforming the look and feel of an area of 840 hectares in the east end of Glasgow and in Rutherglen

Clyde Gateway is the place for unparalleled change.  The extent and pace of which is not only ensuring a long-overdue physical transformation across huge tracts of previously vacant and derelict sites but is delivering social and economic benefits to local residents of all ages. Find out more at


Media Scotland was created in January 2012 when Trinity Mirror merged  the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail with sister company Scottish and Universal Newspapers. This combined operation now gives Media Scotland a unique readership base in Scotland, with the national titles being complemented by 17 local newspapers with each of their regional titles stretching from Dumfries and Galloway in the south to Perth in the north.

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Johnston Press is a multimedia company with more than 5,000 people in 175 locations around the UK, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland.

It publishes 13 daily newspapers, more than 230 weeklies and a stable of glossy monthly lifestyle magazines. Many of its titles produce their own supplements and magazines in both print and digital format.


UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) supports a range of businesses in traditional steelmaking areas across the UK, boosting local economies and employment opportunities.

Now in its 40th year, the Tata Steel subsidiary has provided finance of £24million to 1,450 businesses, in Scotland, helping create 17,100 new jobs.

Another element of their support is the provision of managed workspace on flexible terms. UKSE has invested £5million in managed workspace and offers 46,000 square feet of office and light industrial space on Strathclyde Business Park.

UKSE’s dedication to helping small businesses succeed is showcased in its ongoing support of the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards, where the company sponsors the award for Best Small Business (50 employees for fewer).

Anne Clyde, Regional Manager for UKSE, said: “Over the last four decades, UKSE has helped hundreds of Scottish businesses maximise their potential through the use of our services.

“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.”


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South Lanarkshire Works 4 U (SLW4U) is the employability skills pipeline managed by South Lanarkshire Council’s Routes to Inclusion Team on behalf of the Community Planning Partnership. SLW4U activity has proved to be a catalyst for new service development for unemployed people, making it easier for local businesses to connect with recruitment support.

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We know that finding the right person for your business is important, but it can take time and money.  Through our North Lanarkshire’s Working service we can offer financial incentives to support new and existing businesses in finding the right candidates for their vacancies, while tackling the issue of unemployment.  We have designed a portal for unemployed people to access vacancies with local businesses.  With over  5000 unemployed residents registered on it we have a bank of people actively looking for work.

We offer the following free service:

  • A dedicated point of contact to help you through the recruitment process;
  • Tailored recruitment service to determine employment needs;
  • Advertising your vacancy on our recruitment portal;
  • Short leeting applications for interview;
  • Subsidies towards the cost of wages for up to one year (terms and conditions apply).

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Business Gateway Lanarkshire is delighted to be sponsoring Lanarkshire’s Best Business Award (51 employees or more). Business Gateway Lanarkshire works with individuals and businesses across North and South Lanarkshire to support them to achieve their business ambitions and goals.

We give assistance and impartial advice to people considering self employment or starting a new business. We also support existing business owners to  manage and grow their  businesses. Business Gateway Lanarkshire can provide a range of advisory support, expert knowledge, business information & market intelligence, fully funded workshops & events and online support, as well as signpost to further public and private sources of finance and fundraising. To find out how we can support you visit


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Piper’s by Enterprise Foods is a leading UK supplier of craft bakery products.  They have pioneered a unique supply chain management system, offering customers the ease of a single point of purchase for all their craft bakery product needs, on a national scale.  They have implemented these both within retail and food service and the business is growing regularly year on year.

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