Draft five-year economic strategy for South Lanarkshire approved

South Lanarkshire councilors have approved a draft economic strategy which aims to shape the region for the next five years.

The draft economic strategy 2022 to 2027 was presented to elected officials during the plenary session of the council on Wednesday June 15.

It has been approved and a new online public consultation is planned for July and August for a final version which will be presented for approval later this year.

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The new strategy has been developed to take account of the rapidly changing economy internationally, nationally and locally with the vision of improving the lives and prospects of everyone in South Lanarkshire.

The strategy’s new mission statement is to make all of South Lanarkshire a thriving, green, vibrant and fair place for all.

It proposes new board priorities which are: people – the board should put people first and reduce inequalities; progress – there is a need for recovery and progress and improvement; and the planet – the need to work towards a sustainable future.

The chair of the council’s Community and Enterprise Resources Committee, Councilor Robert Brown, said: “Sustainable economic recovery and growth is a key priority for the new administration. It creates wealth and jobs and improves the quality of life.

“Our greatest asset is our people – and we will continue to support inclusive and sustainable growth, as well as tackling poverty and inequality within our communities.

“South Lanarkshire is an ideal place to start, grow and establish a business. A place where all of our employees can access opportunities and succeed.

“The many and diverse businesses are resilient and continue to thrive. We have strengths in key sectors including food and beverage, tourism, construction, social care and manufacturing. We have an emerging force in logistics, warehousing and distribution.

“All of these things go together to ensure that South Lanarkshire is one of the best places in Scotland to do business.”

The strategy will take an evidence-based approach to informing future actions and activities to promote South Lanarkshire’s unique selling points as a great place to live, work and visit.

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