Investing In Inverclyde

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Inverclyde – The Home of Opportunities

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Home to a wide variety of established businesses, Inverclyde welcomes new companies to become part of our successful community. Riverside Inverclyde (ri) has investment opportunities for new and growing organisations, large and small, all of whom benefit from access to a wide range of modern offices and industrial premises.

The area is firmly established as a hub of business activity thanks to the work of ri. Established to facilitate regeneration all across Inverclyde, ri works in partnership with Inverclyde Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government and, to date, has driven forward £70 million worth of investment. Inverclyde is also included in the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal, with a further £86 million proposed further investment planned within the area.

As well as having such a high level of sustained investment, and proven infrastructure, Inverclyde knows connectivity is vital. Businesses can also gain a competitive advantage from substantial rent and rate savings, as well as harnessing the talents and skillsets of a local workforce. Inverclyde also has a support team on hand to assist your business migration.

Inverclyde's Growth Sectors

Renewable Energy

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.

New Technology

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.

Customer Care

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.

Life Sciences

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.

6 reasons to invest in Inverclyde

Enjoy An Ideal Location

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.

Save On Property Costs

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.

Access A Skilled Workforce

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.

Make Yourself At Home

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.

Enjoy the Best Education

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.

Mix Business and Pleasure

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.

Well connected

Thanks to major investment in transport links, Inverclyde offers outstanding connectivity for your employees and customers – boosting economic prosperity and employment. You’ll have to go some way to find a better connected area than Inverclyde!

By car

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.

By air

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.

By bus

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.

By train

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.

By bicycle

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.

By sea

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.