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Whether you’re a start up, growing or established business, give it a boost and get involved in Lanarkshire Business Week 2017.

The week runs from February 27 to March 3, and will kick off with an event hosted by Skills Development Scotland, for employers of all sizes to inform them of developments and opportunities with the Apprenticeship Family. This event will take place at CMS Innovation Centre in Castlecary.

On Wednesday, 1 March, the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility will again host the Lanarkshire Business Show. With more than 100 exhibitors already booked to attend, this is one of the biggest B2B events in Scotland.  Last year the show was a sell out with 600 delegates and this year is shaping up exceed this.

The following day, the annual business conference will take place at the beautifully renovated Crossbasket Castle Hotel in Blantyre.  The theme, Business Opportunities in a Changing World will explore the challenges and opportunities for stimulating innovation, inward investment, economic growth and international trade in today’s world.

Further highlights of the weeks free events include a series of workshops run by Business Gateway Lanarkshire.  Businesses will also discover opportunities to grow their business beyond Scotland at a lunch and learn forum hosted by Scottish Development International at Double Tree by Hilton Strathclyde.

Scottish Enterprise and Visit Lanarkshire will host an Innovation Workshop and the opportunity to hear from business experts in Accessible Tourism at the Alona Hotel.

The week culminates with the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards, now in its 24th year, sponsored by Choose Lanarkshire and hosted jointly by North and South Lanarkshire Councils, the awards are the highlight of the Lanarkshire business calendar and are supported by a number of local businesses.

Winners of each category will be announced at the Awards ceremony and dinner on the Friday night with around 475 guests from businesses of all sizes and across all sectors at the Motherwell Concert Hall.

Cllr Allan Graham, regeneration convener, North Lanarkshire Council said, “Attending Lanarkshire Business Week offers local businesses a fantastic opportunity to inform and to benefit their business.  The week offers visitors not only access to advice and resources from influential speakers that will help businesses grow and develop but also shows Lanarkshire as a flourishing area and an excellent place to do business.

Cllr Chris Thompson, Chair of Enterprises Resources at South Lanarkshire Council echoed Cllr Grahams comments, “Aside from showcasing the best the county has to offer to commercial enterprise, Business Week celebrates unique cross-boundary collaboration between two of Scotland’s largest local authorities – North and South Lanarkshire Councils.  There are no boundaries in Lanarkshire when it comes to business.”

To find out more or to book any of these events, visit www.chooselanarkshire.com/lbw

There are many reasons a business may need to move into new premises. It could be they’re looking for the best business areas Scotland or elsewhere has to offer and want to maximise on the potential of these areas. It could be simply time to open new premises or it could be an issue of growth and not having enough space in the current premises. Whatever the reason to look for better business areas UK business owners and those from around the rest of the world should keep these points in mind.

Location

It may sound obvious but is the place right? What does your business need from its location? Do you need to be well connected to a main transport network? Do you want to be surrounded by other businesses and part of a dedicated business district in a city or county? The business areas UK business owners can choose from include those with a more generalised atmosphere, with no specific niche or cluster brought together or they can be specialised like the tech hub known as Silicon Beach in Brighton.

On a practical level proximity to local towns and cities as well as transport links is important for ensuring you can employ staff able to commute. Lanarkshire is a fine example of just the right level of connectivity, as business owners can easily access the rest of the Scotland, he UK and the rest of the world, with three airports within an hour’s drive and direct links to the UK’s rail lines. This is in addition to motorways.

Premises

Once you have found the business area which suits your firm, it’s time to look to premises. Dependent on your industry you may need a specific kind of property and you may be deciding whether to purchase or rent. Many business owners rent purpose-built properties in business parks to place them amongst like-minded, driven individuals and companies. You may require specialist premises such as warehousing or laboratory space and these are considerations you need to keep in mind when looking at the business parks and premises in your chosen area. In Lanarkshire we’re lucky to have an impressive range of business parks which cater to a wide range of different kinds of firms, from start-ups to large, well-established companies.

Staffing

There is no point finding a dream location for your business and then realising it is too difficult for staff to reach. You may want to ensure public transport links to your premises as well as simply by road to ensure you can access the best young and thriving talent in the area. Relocation may also mean uprooting some staff from your current location so it is worth discussing their feelings towards the new area too.

Lanarkshire boasts the second largest popular of all Scotland’s region and it has a working age population of 425,000. Award winning colleges in the area produce bright, motivated young people looking for their next professional move and with a base in one of the best business areas Scotland has to offer, you can be sure to attract some of this talent.

january, 2018

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