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New subcontracting opportunities on PCS

One of the UK’s largest infrastructure programmes is now listed on the PCS subcontracting facility and is set to offer a huge range of opportunities for Scottish-based businesses.

The Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal will fund major infrastructure projects; create thousands of new jobs and assist thousands of unemployed people back to work; improve public transport / transport infrastructure; drive business innovation and growth through the support of key sectors such as life sciences and generate billions of pounds of private sector investment. This will be delivered through a programme of work which will greatly add to the value of the local economy over the next 20 years.

The City Deal is an agreement between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and eight Local Authorities across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.

The partnership of eight neighbouring Local Authorities has secured £1.13 billion, the largest City Deal in the UK, which will focus improvement in the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley through 26 projects.

To support the City Deal, a new collaborative approach to procurement by the eight Glasgow and Clyde Valley Local Authorities has been developed. The Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal procurement strategy, approved by the Clyde Valley Cabinet in May 2015, confirms the partners’ commitment to working together under the umbrella of the City Deal Programme to explore and develop best practice strategies to allow it to procure the best outcomes, leading to better value and better opportunities for local business and residents and ultimately to assist in driving greater regional economic growth.

Glasgow and the Clyde Valley benefit from numerous economic assets, with existing strengths in areas including financial services, life sciences, engineering, manufacturing and creative and media industries. Successful universities and research institutes provide the space for both innovation and the people who will drive the city’s development. More widely, the region benefits from a highly skilled workforce across a wide range of industries. However, the city and wider region also face numerous challenges that act as barriers to future economic growth. High rates of long-term unemployment, poor survival rates for business start-ups (compared to similar UK cities), stalled development sites in key locations and pressures facing existing transport infrastructure remain key challenges.

The growth strategy underpinning the work of Glasgow and Clyde Valley recognises these comparative economic advantages and challenges. As such, the City Deal will support the local area to achieve its shared long term vision for the local economy by:

• Establishing a £1.13 billion Glasgow and Clyde Valley Infrastructure Fund, to support the delivery of: an improved transport network across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley; key development and regeneration sites; and improved public transport.

• Supporting further growth in the life science sector through the establishment of world class research and development and commercialisation facilities.

• Enabling more small and medium enterprises to grow by providing additional business incubator and grow-on space for entrepreneurs across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.

• Tackling unemployment through the establishment of programmes that will provide targeted support to both 16-24 year olds and vulnerable residents that are in receipt of Employment Support Allowance.

• Testing new ways of boosting the incomes of people on low wages, making them more self-reliant.

Over its lifetime local leaders in Glasgow and the Clyde Valley estimate that City Deal will:

• Support an overall increase in the economy of around 29,000 jobs in the region.
• Work with 19,000 unemployed residents and support over 5,500 back into sustained employment.
• Secure £1 billion of Scottish Government and UK Government capital funding to support proposed infrastructure investment programme for the area. This will be complemented by a minimum of £130 million of investment from Glasgow and Clyde Valley local authorities.
• Lever in an estimated £3.3 billion of private sector investment into the proposed infrastructure investment programme.
• Spread the benefits of economic growth across Glasgow and Clyde Valley, ensuring deprived areas benefit from this growth.

Projects include -

Approved List of City Deal Infrastructure Projects:

M77 Strategic Corridor (East Renfrewshire)
Metropolitan Glasgow Drainage (Glasgow)
City Centre and North Public Realm (Glasgow)
Clyde Waterfront (Glasgow)
Collegelands Calton Barras (Glasgow)
Inchgreen (Inverclyde)
Ocean Terminal (Inverclyde)
Inverkip (Inverclyde)
Gartcosh Community Growth Area (North Lanarkshire)
A8/M8 Corridor Access Improvements (North Lanarkshire)
Pan Lanarkshire Orbital Transport Corridor (North Lanarkshire)
Strathclyde Bus (SPT - Regional Project)
MediCity (North Lanarkshire - Regional Project)
Stratified Medicine Imaging Centre of Excellence (University of Glasgow - Regional Project)
Glasgow Grow-on and Incubation Centre (Glasgow - Regional Project)
Employment Support Allowance Scheme Jobs and Business (Glasgow - Regional Project)
Youth Unemployment (TBC - Regional Project)
Progression prototype (TBC - Regional Project)
Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside (Renfrewshire)
Glasgow Airport Investment Area (Renfrewshire)
Airport Access (Renfrewshire / Glasgow)
Greenhills Road/A726 (South Lanarkshire)
Cathkin Integrated Roads (South Lanarkshire)
Community Growth Areas (South Lanarkshire)
Stewartfield Way Transport Capacity Improvements (South Lanarkshire)
Exxon (West Dunbartonshire)

For current City Deal opportunities see PCS subcontracting facility.

Source: City Deal opportunities