Inverclyde's Growth Sectors
Inverclyde is home to a range of supply companies within the renewable energy sector and is proactively targeting future growth, thanks to outstanding port and water facilities. When it comes to positive energy in renewables, Inverclyde is ideally placed to act as a strategic hub for offshore and onshore projects.
Our proven expertise in hosting businesses that are at the forefront of promoting new technology makes Inverclyde a top choice for manufacturing companies producing and exporting globally. They recognise that our highly sought after workforce is the key to evolving the business of technology innovation.
Maritime and Engineering
Scotland is world-renowned for its engineering heritage and Inverclyde hosts a formidable force in shipbuilding on the Clyde in Ferguson Marine Engineering. We continue to grow the maritime sector within Inverclyde, maximising the advantages of our proximity to the water and outstanding port and industrial facilities.
Food and Drink
Hungry for growth and expansion? Inverclyde is home to food and drink manufacturers who enjoy an environment of targeted growth to increase productivity. With the Greenock Ocean Terminal in close proximity, import and export opportunities can be maximised from having a strategic hub in Inverclyde.
Successful businesses know that their customers must always come first, which is why they choose Inverclyde. Many companies – including RBS, Cigna, IBM and Concentrix – have already chosen to locate their customer call and contact centres here, channelling the talents of our highly skilled local workforce.
The Life Sciences Scotland Industry Leadership Group estimate life sciences in Scotland will be worth £8 billion a year by 2025. Inverclyde is well placed to support this growth. With Glasgow University’s Research and Development hubs and Irvine Bay Life Sciences Park within easy reach, diversification into new sectors will see businesses flourish.
Be at the heart of business and leisure - Inverclyde provides fantastic transport links to Glasgow city centre, Glasgow International Airport and Greenock Ocean Terminal. Greenock has been voted by HBOS Glasgow’s ‘most affordable commuter town’. We’re also the gateway to the wonderful natural beauty of Argyll and The Trossachs.
Office and industrial space is available to lease in Inverclyde from only £4-15 per sq ft – a 60% saving on your average city centre prices! Business rates, too, are just a quarter of city centre rates. This means substantial operational savings that you can reinvest straight back into your business.
Inverclyde is a renowned recruitment hub, with direct access right across west and central Scotland to a talented workforce with a wealth and variety of skills. Being based in Inverclyde means you can meet all of your recruitment needs, from sourcing new staff and senior managers to accessing modern apprenticeship opportunities, all of which ri can support you with.
Inverclyde boasts one of the most modern, high-quality and affordable housing stocks in the whole of the UK. Whatever your needs, we can provide a range of home options thanks to our ongoing programme of new residential and social housing developments right across Inverclyde.
You, your family and your business can all benefit from Inverclyde Council’s £270 million investment to develop outstanding educational facilities for future generations. Inverclyde also offers Further and Higher Education opportunities at Greenock’s West College Scotland campus and nearby University of the West of Scotland.
Inverclyde attracts more than 575,000 visitors every year – 100,000 from cruise liners. As well as enjoying spectacular scenery, superb sporting and leisure facilities and a variety of fun family events throughout the year, visitors and residents can experience boats first-hand, thanks to the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea and Scotland’s Boat Show.
Inverclyde – The Choice is Yours
Choosing where you base your business is an incredibly important decision for a company. The right environment will allow employees to feel comfortable and focused – it will also nurture their talents and, ultimately, help grow your business. Thankfully, this is where Inverclyde really does offer a unique advantage.
Our brand new industrial sites and pristine premises maximise operational efficiencies for all sectors. Typically, office space in Inverclyde is available from £4–£15 per sq ft. That’s around 60% less than average city centre rentals, rewarding your business with substantial operational savings – and, depending on the length of lease you need, rents can be negotiable.
Your business will benefit from outstanding quality as all new build, refurbished and land developments undertaken and managed by ri are to the highest possible standards. These standards were independently recognised in 2016, with Gourock’s town centre development winning Best Regeneration Project at the Herald Property Awards for Scotland.
Culture and Leisure in Inverclyde
Inverclyde is not only a great place to do business, it’s also well known for its year-round attractions and leisure activities. Set against the magnificent natural backdrop of the Clyde and Argyll hills, it’s popular with lovers of the great outdoors, who can experience the local flora and fauna on its walking and cycling trails.
Glasgow city centre can be reached in just 30 minutes by car from Inverclyde. The £445 million completion of the M74 upgrade, meanwhile, will allow quicker access to Edinburgh, Carlisle and other major towns and cities.
A 20-minute drive to Glasgow Airport means easy access to international air routes and 60 daily flights to London. Edinburgh and Prestwick airports can be reached in little over an hour, giving access to more than 130 UK and international destinations.
Hassle-free commuting and city hopping is easy as Inverclyde is accessible by a number of national bus routes. These form reliable transport links that reach all across Ayrshire, Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and Glasgow.
With 14 stations and a well-serviced rail network that’s benefitted from recent investment, such as the £5.85 million upgrade of Gourock railway station and the refurbishment of the Edwardian Wemyss Bay station, you’re on the right track.
Inverclyde is part of the national cycle network, which means two-wheeled freedom to enjoy miles of picturesque and safe cycle paths. The beautiful coast-to-coast Route 75 connects Portavadie with Edinburgh via the ferry to Gourock.
Greenock Ocean Terminal attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually through a network of cruise liners. The terminal is well serviced to support exporting and importing opportunities for your business, with direct daily feeder services to Europe.
Support for your Workforce
Every successful business depends, above all, on a talented and dedicated workforce. Companies who choose Inverclyde are operating in the West of Scotland’s industrial heartland – meaning they have direct access to a large and well qualified workforce.
Inverclyde and the neighbouring communities of Glasgow, Argyll, Renfrewshire, Dunbartonshire and Ayrshire provide a wealth of skills to meet all of your recruitment needs.
This area boasts outstanding educational facilities, with over £270 million invested by Inverclyde Council in the school estates programme, offering unparalleled opportunities for pupils. There are also further education opportunities for your employees through the West College Scotland and Higher Education opportunities at the University of the West of Scotland, just a 15-minutes’ drive away in neighbouring Paisley.
West College Scotland, meanwhile, has signalled big ambitions for its Greenock Campus by submitting a proposal to the Scottish Funding Council for significant investment in the redevelopment of its Finnart Street HQ. The aim is to deliver an outstanding learning environment for the 21st Century. World-class education, modern apprenticeships, opportunities for upskilling.