clyde gateway

07 Aug 2017


Is your business thriving, innovative, green or providing excellent customer service? Does your business have a lot to shout about? If so the Lanarkshire Business Awards want to hear from you. 2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of the awards and to mark the occasion the event seeks to recognise Lanarkshire’s brightest business stars.

The Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards recognises businesses which have demonstrated excellence in a variety of fields. Categories are as follows:-

• Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by Healthcare Environmental Group

• Lanarkshire Community Impact sponsored by Roadbridge

• Lanarkshire’s Family Business sponsored by City Facilities Management Ltd

• Lanarkshire’s Best New Business sponsored by Clyde Gateway

• Developing Lanarkshire’s Young Workforce sponsored by North Lanarkshire’s Working

• Lanarkshire’s Best Food & Drink Provider sponsorship still available

• Lanarkshire’s Best New Product or Service sponsored by Business Gateway

• John Brinkins Best Visitor Experience sponsored by Visit Lanarkshire

• Lanarkshire’s Best Business (0-25 employees) sponsored by Highlander International Recycling

• Lanarkshire’s Best Business (26 employees or more) sponsored by UK Steel Enterprise

Applications are open to all businesses and entries are free. Companies can enter up to two of the ten categories.

The awards ceremony, hosted by North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council, will be held at the Motherwell Concert Hall on Friday 2nd March 2018 and promises to be a night not to be missed.

Ronnie Smith, Chief Executive of this year’s lead sponsor LESL said ‘We are delighted to be involved in the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards once again. Over the past 25 years the Awards have evolved into a top quality showcase for some of the best businesses in Lanarkshire. We are pleased to get the opportunity to work with our partners in continuing to support these high quality awards.’

Councillor McVey, Vice Convener of Policy and Resources at North Lanarkshire Council said, “The Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards have been recognising and rewarding outstanding work across Lanarkshire now for twenty five years. Winning projects, innovative products and cutting edge businesses have been showcased. These outstanding businesses have made a dramatic difference to Lanarkshire’s economy; influencing growth in the region, UK and internationally.”

Councillor John Anderson, Chair of Community and Enterprise Services at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “Businesses play a vital part in the Lanarkshire economy and it is fitting that we have an opportunity, through these awards, to recognize their contribution and achievements. Over the past 25 years, the standard of entries has been consistently extremely high, which is testament to their hard work and dedication and to the wealth of successful businesses in Lanarkshire that we help to start up, grow and diversify. I would expect it to be no different this year, and look forward to seeing the selection of entries which, I am sure, will epitomise the broad range of talent there is to be found in our area.”

Give your business achievements the platform they deserve – apply now to the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards by visiting

All finalists and winners will feature in the media and we are delighted to have Media Scotland as this year’s Awards Media Partner.

Businesses have until 5pm on Friday 17th November 2017 to submit their completed application forms.

01 Nov 2017


The annual Remembrance Service, organised and managed by members of the local community, will take place on Friday 10 November 2015 at the VC Memorial on Bridgeton Cross, adjacent to the Umbrella, with a start time of 10.40am.

The service will be jointly led and conducted by The Reverend Howard Hudson and Monsignor Paul Conroy.

All are welcome to attend.

07 Aug 2017


Two of the UK’s leading scientific agencies have issued an open invitation to come to the Legacy Hub in Dalmarnock on Tuesday 5 September, when plans will be unveiled for an exciting new research development proposed for the Clyde Gateway area in the east end of Glasgow or neighbouring Rutherglen in South Lanarkshire.

The focus of the research at the Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site would be geothermal energy. It is one of two sites proposed in the £31 million UK Geoenergy Observatories Project led by The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s main agency for funding environmental sciences, and the British Geological Survey (BGS), the UK’s leading research centre in geoscience. This major project will provide infrastructure for future research opportunities and the second site would be based in England.

The UK Geoenergy Observatories project will establish new centres for research into the subsurface environment and provide opportunities to research how natural processes can control resource availability, and how natural resources can be used responsibly for present and future generations. The knowledge they generate will contribute to an understanding of new low-carbon energy technologies both in the UK and internationally. The capital project is NERC’s response to the British government’s announcement in the 2014 Autumn Statement that it would create world-class subsurface energy research test centres through NERC, operated by the British Geological Survey.

The Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site would be a £9 million project to explore the potential of geothermal energy for the benefit of local communities, as well as offering the opportunity for other areas of innovation and research into the subsurface. The project aims to create an opportunity for research in relation to the geothermal energy potential of the warm waters in the large expanse of disused coal mines under Glasgow. It may be possible to use that water for geothermal energy to heat homes and businesses.

The field site proposed for the Clyde Gateway area would comprise of a number of boreholes of various depths to create the opportunity to research the area’s geology and underground water systems. Measurements would be taken from boreholes, such as temperature, water movement and water chemistry, and the data will be monitored and assessed in the coming years.

“This has the potential to be a world-class research site attracting globally leading scientists and engineers, building on Glasgow’s history as a trailblazing city of science. Realising the potential of geothermal energy in Clyde Gateway may create opportunities for the UK to lead the way in providing safe and sustainable energy for former mining communities around the world,” said Professor John Luddon, Executive Director of the British Geological Survey. “We are very keen to hear what the community think about this proposed project. Our scientists will be at the event to speak about the project and what this investment could mean for the community. And, of course, they will be there to answer any questions.”

If you would like to find out more about the proposed Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site, join the BGS at The Legacy Hub, Dalmarnock, Glasgow on Tuesday 5 September anytime between 14:00 and 20:00.

07 Aug 2017


A bike-ride at Cuningar Loop Woodland Park and a Community BBQ are among the events being held to commemorate the upcoming visit to Clyde Gateway on Tuesday 22 August by the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The baton will arrive in the Athletes’ Village at 12 noon from where it will make its way across the new Cuningar footbridge; at 12.15, it will embark on a tour of the park, carried by Rob Wardell, Team Scotland cyclist and members of the Bike Town initiative of the Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust.

Later in the day, the baton will make an appearance at the Legacy Hub, Dalmarnock, being carried from the Emirates Arena at 1.30 by local resident John McCauley, who was nominated for the honour of doing so by the People’s Development Trust. It will arrive at a time when a Community BBQ, along with music and activities for all ages, is taking place inside and outside the building on Springfield Road. The BBQ, which runs from 1pm – 3pm. is non-ticketed and free to everyone.

The baton will depart the Legacy Hub at 2.30pm, going by car, to a series of events in Glasgow city centre.

04 Aug 2017


The support and backing of Clyde Gateway has enable two Bridgeton teenagers to be among the latest graduates from the popular and inspirational Coach Core Programme.

Alisha Wilson and Brian Innes, both 17 years old, will be among the twenty people whose achievements will be recognised in a ceremony taking place on the evening of Tuesday 8 August in Glasgow City Chambers.

Coach Core is an employability and training programme, organised by Glasgow Life in partnership with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, that gives 16-21 year olds the chance to learn coaching skills and deliver events across the city. This is the third year of the programme and all previous 40 graduates have made positive progressions into employment and/ or further education.

Niki Spence, the Senior Manager for Business and Community Growth at Clyde Gateway, said “Coach Core has proven over the years to be a very successful programme and it was pleasing that our funding enabled the 2017 intake to specifically include two of our local residents.

“Alisha and Brian have risen to all the challenges placed in front of them over the past twelve months, working in a number of different locations across the city across a range of sports and events including swimming, football, gymnastics, tennis and kids’ camps. They have been a credit to themselves, their families, friends and community and on behalf of everyone at Clyde Gateway, I’d like to pass on my congratulations and best wishes as they pursue their future careers.”

Glasgow Life will soon be recruiting for the 2017/18 Coach Core Programme. It is a full-time, year-long programme that focuses predominantly on young people living in Glasgow and aged 16 – 21 year old who are not in education, training or employment. You can register your interest by emailing or phoning 0141 287 3665/ 3588.

19 Jul 2017


The Queen’s Baton Relay, part of the build-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games taking place on the Gold Coast in Australia, will be visiting a number of Clyde Gateway locations during a short tour of Scotland next month.

The relay is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come. The baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.

Designed for each Games by the host nation, the 2018 Queen’s Baton has a distinctive loop design and has been made using macadamia wood and reclaimed plastic, sourced from Gold Coast waterways, and inspired by the region’s vibrant spirit and indigenous heritage.

It will be in Scotland for five days, arriving at Glasgow Airport on Tuesday 22 August. The programme for the first day will see it visit legacy projects and youth and community groups related to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games including the Games Village, Cuningar Loop Woodland Park, the Emirates Arena and the Legacy Hub, Dalmarnock.

Jim Clark. Senior Manager for Communications at Clyde Gateway said: “It is an honour that the Queen’s Baton Relay will be coming here and plans are in hand to mark the occasion in a fitting fashion.”

“Our chairman, Lord Smith of Kelvin, who was of course the chair of the 2014 Games Committee, is going to be involved, as too is the Provost of South Lanarkshire as well as a number of community groups and organisations. It really is going to be all about showcasing the extent and variety of the legacy that has already been delivered from Glasgow’s unforgettable staging of the Games last time around.

“The baton will make its way from Glasgow into South Lanarkshire across the new bridge that links the Games Village to the Cuningar Woodland Park where it will undertake a community bike ride around this amazing and popular new family facility thanks to the support and involvement of the Biketown initiative of the Happy ‘n’ Healthy Community Development Trust in Rutherglen.

“After a stopover at the Emirates Arena for an event linked to the staging of the 2017 World Badminton Championships, the baton will be carried into the Legacy Hub in Dalmarnock where the staff and volunteers, thanks to the support of Clyde Gateway, will be arranging a celebratory event with food, music and entertainment. Discussions about this part of the celebrations are still ongoing with the team at the Legacy Hub and a further announcement will be made in due course, including how local residents can come along and get involved.”

The precise timings have still to be finalised, but it is anticipated that the Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive at the Games Village around 11.45am and depart the Legacy Hub at approximately 2.45pm to make its way to events planned in Glasgow City Centre.

Further information about the Queen’s Baton Relay in Scotland can be found at


10 Jul 2017


A series of special, free, activities at Cuningar Woodland Park Clyde Gateway during July and August 2017 has been organised by Forestry Commission Scotland.

Wednesday 19th July – 12-4pm : Treasure Hunt and Outdoor Play

Saturday 22nd July – Celebrate Parks Birthday – 1-5pm : Traditional games and Street Play

Saturday 29th July – 1-5pm : Box play and Outdoor Play

Wednesday 2nd August – National Playday – 12-4pm : Loose Parts play

Wednesday 9th August – 12-4pm : Outdoor Play

A pdf guide to Cuningar Woodland park can be downloaded from here.


17 May 2017


Tributes have been made to Tommy Rooney who has passed away at the age of 72.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the Chair of Clyde Gateway, said “Tommy was a community stalwart who never tired of doing his very best for the people of Rutherglen and his passing is a sad day for the burgh.

“Everyone at Clyde Gateway valued and appreciated his contribution to our work, especially over the past three and a half years as a board member.

“He was especially supportive of our efforts to develop the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park and the new offices and units at Rutherglen Links, so there can be no doubt that he has helped shape and create a lasting and sustainable legacy for the community he loved so much.

“He will be missed and my thoughts and those of the entire Clyde Gateway team are with Tommy’s family and friends.”

Born and brought up in Glasgow’s east end, Tommy, who worked as a printer, moved with wife Ann to Toryglen before settling in the Farme Cross area of Rutherglen just over 40 years ago. He was tireless in offering public and voluntary service to the burgh, spending a considerable number of years as a member and latterly Chair of the Community Council.

Tommy suffered a stroke earlier this year but seemed to be recovering. However, on the morning of Thursday 11 May he took unwell and was taken to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth II University Hospital where he sadly passed away.

His fellow office bearers on Rutherglen Commmunity Council have spoken of their shock and sadness at the news with Treasurer Alan Kennedy stating: “He was a pal rather than a colleague. For the amount of work he put in, it’s a huge loss to the group.”

The funeral of Tommy Rooney will take place on Friday 19 May at Rutherglen Funeralcare Queen Street commencing at 11.10am before going to Daldowie Creamatorium for 11.45am.


15 May 2017


‘Spring Into The Loop’ is a special action-packed activity day at Cuningar Loop taking place on Sunday 21 May from 12 noon to 4pm.

Organised by Forestry Commission Scotland, everyone can join in with adventures on the bike track, bouldering and play areas or enjoy a guided walk around the park to learn more about local wildlife or the past history of Cuningar. Other activities include storytelling and green woodwork demonstration. There is something for everyone of all ages.

There is limited parking on Downiebrae Road so everyone is encourage to use public transport where possible.

Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if taking part in activities.Booking in advance is required for some activities: Wildlife Walks and Climbing Sessions.

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28 Apr2017


The first ever Clyde Gateway ‘Social Enterprise Meet Your Neighbour’ event has proven to be a success.

The Breakfast Network event, held at Glasgow Women’s Library on Friday 7 May and arranged in partnership with the Glasgow Social Enterprise Network and Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, has received unanimously positive feedback from those who were in attendance and who on the day enjoyed presentations with information on the Procurement and Volunteering Opportunities associated with the European Championships Glasgow 2018.

Clare Ferry, Project Manager for Business and Community Growth at Clyde Gateway, said “We are determined to support and grow the extensive social enterprise network that exists across our communities. The idea of everyone coming together under one roof, in a friendly and informal setting, proved to be a good one with many people making important connections that will ultimately prove to be of help in their own work and activities.

“It was also great to hear just how many opportunities there are around the staging of the 2018 European Championships and there is no doubt that everyone involved in the work and activities of social enterprise agencies and organisations can really get involved.

“All of us involved in planning and organising the event are encourage by the great feedback which has given us some great ideas and thoughts for moving things forward.”


30 Mar 2017


Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust has been awarded almost £750,000 through the growing community assets fund of The Big Lottery to support the continued development of Number 18 on Farmeloan Road, Rutherglen.

The building, in which Clyde Gateway was a key partner in its purchase and subsequent refurbishment, is the main community hub of the Trust and this latest award will be spent over the next four years on further improvements that will allow a further increase in the range of services on offer.

Brendan Rooney, executive director of Healthy n Happy said: “We are delighted that the growing community assets funding will allow us to provide a fully inclusive multi-functional community space delivering an increased range of services and opportunities for local people based on community needs and aspirations that improve the quality of life.

“We will be able to increase the type and number of supported volunteering placements, facilitate training and learning opportunities and increase employment and work experience opportunities.

“We’re determined to see Cambuslang and Rutherglen become the healthiest and happiest places to live in Scotland and this funding is another important step in achieving that ambition.”

Ian Manson, chief executive of Clyde Gateway said: “We have long enjoyed an excellent relationship with Healthy n Happy and delighted to have been able to provide the financial support towards their ambitions of securing a new home at Number 18, a move that has proven to be a success story from the outset.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in this successful bid for Big Lottery funding, the result of which will enable a further expansion of services to the benefit of thousands of local residents.”


20 Mar 2017


Clyde Gateway, in partnership with Glasgow Social Enterprise Network and Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, is pleased to invite locally based social enterprises to a free breakfast networking event on Friday 7 April from 10am to 12noon.

The venue is Glasgow Women’s Library which is located at 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP, less than 150 yards from Bridgeton railway station.

The event will include three short presentations – one with information on the Procurement and Volunteering Opportunities associated with the European Championships Glasgow 2018 and the others from two key social enterprises operating in Bridgeton and Rutherglen.

Tickets can be booked in advance at



02 Mar 2017


Work is about to get underway to demolish the former Church House building on Boden Street. The building has lain vacant since July 2016 when the services were moved to a new custom built premises next to St Francis-in-the-East Church. A new cleared and vacant site, fronting London Road and stretching to Dunn Street, will become more amenable to a further staged industrial re-development by Clyde Gateway.

Alison Brown, the Senior Project Manager (Development) at Clyde Gateway said: “This demolition work is hugely significant as it will ultimately lead to new factory units in the heart of Bridgeton.

“The site was the subject of extensive public consultations last year and there was overwhelming support for our plans to clear the area around the old Church House.

“Our efforts to redevelop this particular location have been hindered by abnormal ground conditions caused by two historical coal seams located 35-50 metres beneath the surface. We have aspirations to spend more than £1 million to carry out consolidation and grouting works to the depth of the coal seams and are currently awaiting the outcome of a bid for £625,000 that we have made to the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Fund for 2017/18. The idea would then be to later design a scheme for modern industrial and manufacturing sheds and seek the support of the local community to take that to the planning stage.”

The demolition works are expected to last up to three weeks.


23 Feb 2017


Clyde Gateway is sponsoring a key event as part of the 2017 Lanarkshire Business Week.

The Small Business Development Breakfast, which will be hosted by Clare Haughey MSP and Lanarkshire Credit Union, is taking place at the Burnside Hotel on Friday 3 March between 8.45 am to 12 noon.

Speakers from the the Lanarkshire Chamber of Commerce, Business Gateway, South Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Living Wage Accreditation and Lanarkshire Credit Union will be on hand to offer advice on the practical issues facing small business and provide information on what support is on offer.

The event is free to attend and will provide the perfect networking opportunity to owners and staff of all small businesses, no matter the area of activity.

Full details of the programme, including how to register and reserve a ticket, can be obtained by clicking here.



24 Jan 2017


A Lanarkshire clothes recycling project has opened the doors to its new swap shop on the busy Rutherglen Main Street, thanks to £10,000 of funding from Clyde Gateway.

R:evolve Recycle is an innovative scheme run by Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP), a charity that aims to enhance the lives of older people in South Lanarkshire. Anyone can sign up to become a member of the scheme, and bring their unwanted clothes to donate in exchange for points. These points can then be used to ‘purchase’ something new, completely free of charge, from one of the project’s three Lanarkshire shops.

The recent funding from Clyde Gateway has helped the project move its Rutherglen shop to 71 Main Street, a much busier location than the previous premises on Farmeloan Road.

The new shop opened on 10th January, and in the first week alone 38 new members have signed up, and 186 swaps have taken place.

R:evolve Recycle also offers creative volunteering opportunities to older people, including passing on their textile skills to allow families to repair their clothes rather than throw them away. Textile workshops – which will run from the new Rutherglen shop from February onwards – are led by skilled volunteers and include knitting, sewing, dress making and up-cycling. Since it began, the project has saved an estimated 19 tonnes of textiles and 500 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Niki Spence, Senior Manager, for Business & Community Growth at Clyde Gateway, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to help this fantastic project to move its Rutherglen shop to a busier location, which I know will bring it even more customers and even more success. There are so many great things about this scheme project – it benefits the environment, it offers exciting volunteering opportunities, and it teaches local people how to mend their old clothes – or swap them – rather than just throw them away, which saves them money too.”

Wendy Russell, Sustainability Development Manager for LEAP said: “The support we have received from Clyde Gateway in amazing, without them we really could not have taken up this opportunity. The new shop is such a fantastic space for us and gives us such a great opportunity to expand our services to meet local demand.

“In the first week of operation we were astonished at the number of new members and people who didn’t even know we existed until now, thanks to our presence on the Main Street. What’s more exciting is that the Clyde Gateway bus now stops right outside our door. That’s great for us as it means that we can reach even more people and ensure that everyone is sharing their clothes and reducing their landfill waste.”


13 Jan 2017



Glasgow Women’s Library, located in Landressy Street in the heart of Bridgeton, is holding an Open Day on Thursday 19 January.

The event, which runs from 1pm to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm, coincides with the launch of the 2017 GWL Spring Programme Launch, and offers the opportunity for some light refreshments while browsing through the bargains in the second-hand book sale or enjoying various readings, talks and craft activities.

The Open Day is for absolutely everyone – men and women of all ages – and is free with no need to book tickets, so why not drop in, say hello and make yourself at home in one of the east end’s most historic buildings, now beautifully and tastefully transformed and given a wonderful new lease of life by GWL.


10 Jan 2017


Local residents, business owners and stakeholders are being offered the opportunity to give their views on plans to build new housing on a key site at Bridgeton Cross.

The Link Group will be exhibiting its proposals for a site incorporating Olympia Street and Orr Street at an event taking place in Bridgeton Library at The Olympia on Tuesday 17 January, between 4pm and 7pm.

The exact site incorporates 23-49 Olympia Street and 26-30 Orr Street, much of it previously being the old location of the Iceland supermarket and car park, which has been vacant since 2012.

Staff from the Link Group will be available to talk in detail about the proposal and to answer any questions asked on the day. Further information can also be obtained from the Planning Agents:-

Elder and Cannon Architects
40 Berkeley Street
Glasgow G3 7DW
Telephone : 0141 204 1833

Further information on the work and activities of The Link Group can be found at