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If you own or manage a business, Lanarkshire Business Week 2018 has something of interest for you – and all events are free.

Hosted by North and South Lanarkshire Councils, the event runs from 26 February to 2 March with an overall theme of Change.

“Lanarkshire Business Week is an excellent opportunity for all businesses – start-ups, growing and established companies – to meet others, learn about the latest developments and see practical ideas to help them grow,” said Councillor Allan Graham, Convener of the Enterprise and Housing Committee.

“This year’s theme of Change impacts on everyone, as managing change effectively must be a crucial part of any business’s organisational planning to ensure continued success.

“The event has a host of workshops, events and networking sessions which we hope will be of interest to local businesses and they are all free of charge.”

One of the highlights of the week is the Lanarkshire Business Show at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on Tuesday 27 February. Over 120 companies will exhibit at the show, alongside seminars and networking sessions.

Then on Thursday 1 March, the Lanarkshire Business Conference takes place at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Blantyre. The theme for the day is Transformational Change. Broadcaster Nicky Marr will host the day’s discussions which include a keynote speech from Mark Beaumont, record-breaking long-distance British cyclist, adventurer, broadcaster, documentary maker and author.

Also speaking are: Susan A. Wilson, Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Edinburgh, on opportunities for trade with the USA; and Andrew Davies, Performance and Productivity Director for Lloyds Banking Group on the company’s approach to customer services for businesses.

Chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s Community and Enterprise Resources Committee, Councillor John Anderson, said: “Lanarkshire Business Week is a tremendous opportunity for the business community to see the support both councils and other partners can offer them.

“We are determined to try and help businesses grow and there are a number of ways in which we can help them achieve this.

“The number and range of events taking place throughout the week reflects this, culminating of course in the Lanarkshire Business Awards.”

Business Week finishes with the Business Excellence Awards on Friday 2 March in Motherwell Concert Hall. The occasion, this year celebrating its 25th anniversary, highlights the best in innovation, management and products across the business sector.

There are a range of other events throughout the week. Full details are available online at


The closing date is fast approaching for entries to the prestigious Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards. Businesses have until 5pm on Friday 17th November 2017 to submit their completed application forms.

Whether you’re a sole trader that’s launched a new product, an expanding SME with an innovative design, or a company that provides unsurpassed customer service, applying has never been easier and we want to hear from you.

One local company who did apply and won last year is Craig McHugh, Chief Clinical Officer at Healthsure Physiotherapy who won the 2017 Best New Business Award and said of the awards

“Winning Lanarkshire’s Best New Business Award was without doubt, the highlight of 2017. For our hard work to be recognised at such a prestigious award ceremony was pretty surreal for myself and all of our staff.  The exposure we received from the Lanarkshire Business Awards has allowed us to grow in size, with a brand new Coatbridge Clinic opening in November 2017.  Anyone shortlisted for the final is in for a special night, especially with 2018 marking the 25th year anniversary of the awards. I for one, never imagined we would be shortlisted, never mind win an award. So, my advice to anyone still undecided is stop thinking about applying and get your application in, it really is a quick and simple process”

The awards ceremony, hosted by North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council, will be held at the Motherwell Concert Hall on Friday 2nd March 2018 and promises to be a night not to be missed.

To support businesses through the application process Business Gateway is running a FREE Application Masterclass on Tuesday 14th November from 1.30pm-4.30pm at the Atrium Business Centre, Coatbridge. To book please visit

Applications are open to all businesses based in Lanarkshire and entries are free. Companies can enter up to two of the ten categories.

  • Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by Healthcare Environmental Group
  • Lanarkshire Community Impact sponsored by Roadbridge UK
  • Lanarkshire’s Family Business sponsored by City Facilities Management Ltd
  • Lanarkshire’s Best New Business sponsored by Clyde Gateway
  • Developing Lanarkshire’s Young Workforce sponsored by North Lanarkshire’s Working
  • Lanarkshire’s Best Food & Drink Provider sponsored by Scotland Food and Drink
  • Lanarkshire’s Best New Product or Service sponsored by Business Gateway
  • John Brinkins Best Visitor Experience sponsored by Visit Lanarkshire
  • Lanarkshire’s Best Business (0-25 employees) sponsored by Highlander International Recycling
  • Lanarkshire’s Best Business (26 employees or more) sponsored by UK Steel Enterprise

Give your business achievements the platform they deserve – apply now to the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards by visiting

www. or call 0141 887 6181.

Bellshill based husband and wife team, Tracy Scott and Grant Cardwell have been shortlisted for the Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year category of the 2017 Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards!

XEYEX beat off some pretty tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with over 1000 businesses entering the awards nationally.

Scott and Cardwell’s software company for independent retail opticians XEYEX is growing fast! Having started up in 2012, They look to double their team to 10 staff by the end of 2017 and move to a bigger office at their North Lanarkshire HQ at Strathclyde Business Park at Bellshill.

Grant Cardwell explains, “As a couple, we are both highly entrepreneurial and competitive. Tracy had her first business, a newsagent’s when she was only 17. I was a regular Del Boy as a teenager. I would buy and sell anything! I tried every ‘get rich quick’ scheme I could think of.

“What interesting is, it’s being innovative and collaborative that has been the secret of our success and growth! Our software is designed to integrate with multiple other apps such as Xero, Go Cardless, Dropbox and can integrate with all other cloud based software systems.

“Our clients –  independent retail opticians – then have a bespoke system that works for each of them individually. We also offer infinite capacity as we are genuinely cloud based. All of our design is based on what makes the optician’s life easier. It gives the independent optician a bespoke edge over the optical big boys.”

Creator of the RBS Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “All shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at Royal Bank of Scotland said: “It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well.”

Grant concedes the final word to Tracy, “It’s amazing to be nominated as it recognises what we’ve achieved through endless hours and some sleepless nights. We’d love to win the award and I would love it to help spread the word to all independent retail opticians so we can boost demand and grow the business. That’s the truth. However, I do genuinely feel that doubling our staff in the next few months to cope with client demand is really a great position to be in. For our clients, for our business, for our staff and for the family! We are thrilled at making the shortlist… I would really love the award though!”

“We have been really lucky to have had incredible support from Chris Wond, our Enterprise Development Officer from North Lanarkshire Council and Robert Swinburne, our Business Growth Adviser Business Gateway Lanarkshire. (Delivered in Lanarkshire by LESL / Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Limited). They have helped us to grow!”

Entries are still open for the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2018, sponsored by Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd, however the 17th November closing date is approaching fast.

Winning an award is a great way to showcase your business and to gain the recognition you and your staff deserve.  Whether you have just started up in business or been trading for years, we want to hear from you.  With 10 categories to apply for there is something for every business in Lanarkshire.

The winners will be announced at the glitzy dinner event on Friday 2nd March.

Visit our awards website and apply today, its free to enter and open to all businesses based in Lanarkshire.

The Scottish EDGE fund is a competition that seeks to support up and coming innovative organisations. The competition offers prize funding of up to £150,000 and includes a wealth of support to successful applicants.

This workshop hosted by Business Gateway Lanarkshire aims to help you prepare your application, giving you the best chance of success. You will hear from a previous EDGE winner together with guidance on applying from a Scottish EDGE representative.

The workshop will take place on 24th August from 1.30pm to 5pm at Business Gateway Lanarkshire Coatbridge office.

Further details and booking information can be found here

With around 2,300 serviced offices across the country, the UK has a bigger service office market than the rest of Europe and the U.S.

For businesses of all sizes, renting a serviced office space can be a great way of establishing the company’s reputation and maintaining a professional image, while at the same time helping to cut the costs of basing your business in the perfect location. Serviced office spaces are available across the UK and provide flexible office space.

Creates credibility

Having a clear office space, provides your business with a physical address that creates a credible and professional image to your clients. It provides you with a professional and private space to meet with clients and if you are hoping to expand your workforce, you can also carry out interview here.

With a serviced office, you know that your visitors will always be greeted and attended to by the on-site receptionist and be able to wait in a comfortable and professional waiting area.

Offers flexibility

One of the main advantages of basing your business in a serviced office, is the flexibility it gives you. You are not tied into a lease and can increase or decrease your service plan to meet your specific business needs as and when you need to.

Furthermore, serviced offices make it easier for you to manage your expenditure. You will just have one monthly bill to pay, instead of rent, utility bills, maintenance charges, making it easier for you to budget your outgoings. The service plan is created to suit you and your business, whether you need long or short term lease.

Variation of services available

Different serviced office providers will offer different facilities. But in general, serviced offices provide everything you need without having to purchase the items up front. Facilities and maintenance staff are usually taken care of, so you don’t need to worry about security or cleaning the office space. They can supply desks, chairs and telephones, an IT infrastructure. If things go wrong, service operators can take care of any problems.

Many providers also supply staff who can work on reception, take calls, handle mail and greet visitors who come to the building. This service makes it easier to maintain a professional client facing businesses without the costs associated with employing more employees.

Boosts productivity

An organised, professional office space provides company staff with a base to work from and store equipment and any resources. It means staff can work more efficiently, encourages team working, which inevitably boosts productivity and creates good morale across your workforce.

Office space in an ideal location

Serviced offices make it affordable and achievable to base your business in a prime location. Being located near good transport links is essential for visitors and clients. You can also situate yourself near other businesses, allowing you the opportunity to build relationships, partnerships and network.

Over 450 guests attended the most prestigious night in the local business calendar. Hosted by Kaye Adams the guests were also entertained by Saltire Beat and Jonathan Watson.

The event hosted by North and South Lanarkshire Council, also raised over £6000 for two charities Kidney Kids and Beatson Cancer Care.

The 2017 Winners of the Lanarkshire Business Excellence awards are:

Lanarkshire Best Business Award
(up to 10 employees)
sponsored by Highlander International Recycling
Igloo Estate Agents

Lanarkshire’s Best Business Award
(11-50 employees)
sponsored by CMS Windows
Kerr’s Bakery Ltd

Lanarkshire Family Business Award
sponsored by Albert Bartlett
Allstar Joinery Ltd

Developing Lanarkshire’s Young Workforce Award
sponsored by North Lanarkshire’s Working
Deans Civil Engineering Ltd

Excellence in Innovation Award
sponsored by Healthcare Environmental Group
The Electric Heating Company Ltd

Community Impact Award
sponsored by Clyde Gateway
Healthy ‘n’ Happy CDT

Lanarkshire’s Best Business Award
(51 employees or more)
sponsored by UK Steel Enterprise
Healthcare Environmental Group

Excellence in Customer Service Award
sponsored by North Lanarkshire Council
Mokha Ladies Hair Design

Lanarkshire Food & Drink Award
sponsored by South Lanarkshire Council
Peter Equi & Sons Ltd

The John Brinkins Award for Excellence in Tourism
sponsored by Visit Lanarkshire
New Lanark World Heritage Site

Lanarkshire Best New Business Award
sponsored by Taylor Wimpey
Healthsure Physiotherapy

Congratulations are extended to all the winners and finalists for 2017.


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

Next year’s Lanarkshire Business Week dates have been confirmed from Monday 27th February to Friday 3rd March 2017.

Now in its 6th year, Lanarkshire Business Week  promises to be even bigger and better and aims to provide businesses, from the newest start-up to the long established, the framework to grow their enterprises.

An impressive programme of seminars, conferences, networking events and roadshows has been developed to encompass the whole area.

Already confirmed for this year is the Business Show taking place on Wednesday 1st March at Ravenscraig Sports Facility, the 3rd Annual Business Conference on Thursday 2nd March and the pinnacle of the week is the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards taking place on Friday 3rd March at Motherwell Concert Hall

Ensure these dates are in your business calendar, they are not to be missed.


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Network Rail is organising “Business Drop-In” session at the Station Hotel, Shotts on Wednesday 21 December between 4.00pm – 7.00pm.

As well as representatives from Network Rail and North Lanarkshire Council, Business Gateway Lanarkshire advisers will be on hand to offer business advice and information to local businesses who may be facing challenging circumstances at this time.

For more information on this event, please contact:

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