Economic Development performance information
The council is committed to supporting our local economy and this information summarises how well we are doing in this.
Economic Development and Regeneration covers three service areas - Employability, Economic and Business Development, and Regeneration. These services are designed to support and develop the three core areas of the economy; the skills and employability of our local residents, local business and place, and infrastructure to support economic growth.
Economic Development is responsible for the council's overarching economic strategy, 'A place to grow' and for co-ordinating actions across the community planning partnership in response to the current economic downturn. Resources are being allocated to ensure the target number of individuals entering employment, training, education or volunteering as a result of training and employability services is met. However, going forward we need to consider the UK Government's Welfare Reform agenda and the pressure this may place on council services.
How the public can get involved
Economic Development is a front line service engaging the business community, unemployed people and the general public to use our services. All customers are surveyed on the service provided and invited to feedback on their experience. In addition, the Local Plan consultations, business networking events, job fairs and drop-in events are all ways that the public can get involved.
|How well are we doing?|
|Percentage of unemployed people accessing jobs via Council funded/operated employability programmes.||11.9%||8%||performing below target due to national delays in the European Social Fund|
|Number of individuals entering employment, training, education or volunteering as a result of training and employability services.||316||253||performing below target due to national delays in the European Social Fund|
|Number of businesses who have grown through targeted business support.||43||41||Although slight drop, performing above target.|
What are we doing to improve performance?
The Economic Development Team have refreshed our Employability Strategy and identified new resources to augment the programme and support the implementation of the European Social Fund Employability Pipeline. They have also revised the Local Employability Partnership with a revised remit.
More detailed information on what we are working to achieve can be found at:
- East Renfrewshire Council's End Year Performance Report 2015-16 [1Mb]
- East Renfrewshire Single Outcome Agreement Update 2014-15 [1Mb]
- Outcome Delivery Plan 2016-2019 [2Mb]
We report to SLAED who compile a list of indicators of economic development and employability activity.
Other internet pages that may be useful are;
- East Renfrewshire Council business information
- Clarkston Business Improvement District
- Giffnock Business Improvement District
- East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce