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20 Dec 2017

CLOSURE OF OFFICE OVER FESTIVE PERIOD

The Clyde Gateway office at The Olympia, Bridgeton Cross will be closed over the festive period.

The office will close on the afternoon of Friday 22 December 2017 and re-open on Thursday 4 January 2018.

Please note that the Library on the ground floor of the building will still be open on Wednesday 27 December (10am-5pm), Thursday 28 December (10am-8pm), Friday 29 December (10am-5pm) and Saturday 30 December (10am-5pm) before fully re-opening on Wednesday 3 January.

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

13 Dec 2017

COMMUNITY GROUPS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY TO 2018 CULTURAL FUND

A fund has opened for groups in Glasgow who want to produce cultural and arts activity in their local community, as part of Festival 2018 – the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

The Festival 2018 Our Place Fund is investing £60,000 in community groups across Glasgow who want to create cultural events and arts activities which celebrate the people and talent in their local area.

The activities will help bring people and places together to create and deliver parts of the Festival 2018 programme directly into local communities to celebrate the first ever European Championships.

Applications to produce ambitious and diverse cultural events and activities are invited from community groups and can involve all art-forms including music, carnival, visual art, theatre, dance, film, literature and performance.

The fund closes on 29 January 2018 and it will then be up to the people of Glasgow to decide which activities they would like to see on their doorstep. Residents will be able to vote online and in person for their favourite proposals to help shape Glasgow 2018’s cultural programme.

Glasgow 2018 – the biggest sporting event to take place in Scotland since the best ever Commonwealth Games – will unite sport and culture throughout the Championships from 2 to 12 August 2018.

Festival 2018 will run alongside the sporting action and into many parts of Scotland, to offer an exciting cultural experience to residents and the thousands of athletes, visitors and media who will be in Scotland for the first-ever European Championships.

Glasgow 2018 Championships Director Colin Hartley said: “Glasgow 2018 promises to be one of the most exciting sporting and cultural events ever experienced in Scotland and there will be something for everybody to enjoy.

“We want as many people as possible to be part of this historic event – the first-ever of its kind and this funding gives local communities the chance to create their own special moments during the Championships. Local groups can seize this opportunity to play a part in the action-packed cultural programme that is shaped by the people that live here.”

Applications can be made at www.glasgow2018.com/festival2018/ourplacefund.

07 Nov 2017

25TH LANARKSHIRE BUSINESS AWARDS ARE OPEN FOR ENTRIES

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 http://chooselanarkshire.com/business/lanarkshire-business-excellence-awards-2018/

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.

06 Nov 2017

NEW COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE SOUGHT FOR CLYDE GATEWAY BOARD

Clyde Gateway is looking for a Rutherglen resident to fill an existing vacancy on its board.

Membership of the 13-strong board is drawn from each of the three partners – South Lanarkshire Council, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Enterprise – together with individuals who have the responsibility of representing business and community interests. The current vacancy has arisen from the sudden death, in May 2017, of Tommy Rooney, a community stalwart who served with great distinction on the Clyde Gateway board for more than three years.

Jim Clark, the Senior Manager for Communications and Governance at Clyde Gateway said: “Our board is a very diverse mix of people but the one thing they have in common is that they work tirelessly and selflessly to ensure there is a full and diverse programme of activities to bring about a physical, social and economic transformation across the entire area.

“We have been active in many different ways across the burgh including building new offices that have brought hundreds of jobs to the area and investing millions of pounds into the creation of the award-winning Cuningar Loop Woodland Park. We are also heavily involved with local primary and secondary schools in finding ways to increase educational attainment while a substantial number of residents of all ages have been helped into jobs and training. We do, however, need to ensure that all of this is in tune with the wishes and desires of local people and the involvement of a community representative on the board will always be key to achieving that.

“We are seeking someone who lives within, or close to, the Clyde Gateway boundary in South Lanarkshire which takes in Rutherglen town centre, Burnhill, Farme Cross and Shawfield. Our ideal candidate will be someone who is already involved in community groups or voluntary organisations in the area and has demonstrated a commitment to improving the life and well-being of local residents.

“The Board meets six times a year, on Monday mornings, at Rutherglen Town Hall between 10.30am and 12noon although the successful candidate will also be asked to serve on our Community Committee which meets separately on three occasions each year.”

The process for recruiting the new representative is being managed and co-ordinated by the Community and Enterprise Resources section of South Lanarkshire Council.

Nomination packs and further information can be obtained from Kenny Mackie of Community and Enterprise Resources on 01698 454021 or by e-mail : kenny.mackie@southlanarkshire.gov.uk.

The closing date for nominations is Thursday 30 November with the hope being to have the process completed in advance of the next scheduled board meeting on Monday 18 December.

01 Nov 2017

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE AT BRIDGETON CROSS : FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER

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.

19 Sep 2017

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR 16-19 YEAR OLDS

Clyde Gateway, in conjunction with its employability partner Jobs & Business Glasgow, is currently offering 16-19 year olds the chance to take the first steps towards a career in administration services with Police Scotland.

Applications are being invited to participate in a 7-week long training programme that can lead to an SQA National Progression Award in Administration at Level 5 together with an interview for a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration with Police Scotland, based at their headquarters building in Dalmarnock.

The course is open to currently unemployed local residents from across the Clyde Gateway area in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire. Participants aged 16-18 will receive a £55 weekly allowance while those aged 18+ will not have their unemployment benefit affected and will also be eligible for travel costs. Any participants who progress to the Modern Apprenticeship programme will receive a wage.

Further details and information are available from Jobs & Business Glasgow at www.jbg.org.uk/policescotland. They can also be reached via email at contact@jbg.org.uk or by freephone on 0300 123 2898

24 Aug 2017

THE QUEEN’S BATON RELAY COMES TO CLYDE GATEWAY

The Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in the Games Village on Tuesday 22 August where it is presented to Lord Smith, the chair of Clyde Gateway and past chair of the 2014 Games Organising Committee….

…who in the company of Louise Martin, the President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, carries it across the new pedestrian bridge into Cuningar Woodland Park….

…where it is accepted by Councillor Ian McAllan, the Provost of South Lanarkshire….

…who shows it to some very interested and curious local residents….

…before handing it to Rob Wardell, Team Scotland mountain biker….

…who takes it on a tour of Cuningar Woodland Park in the company of members of the Rutherglen-based Bike Town initiative.

Later in the day, the baton is given to Dalmarnock resident, John McAuley, who was nominated as a baton bearer by the People’s Development Trust.

John carries the baton into the Legacy Hub, accompanied by a piper and with a guard of honour provided by local school pupils….

…who themselves later get to hold the baton….

…before taking to the stage to entertain guests and VIPs with songs and performances

Just time for pupils from St Mungo’s Academy to hold the baton before it heads into Glasgow city centre.

07 Aug 2017

COMMUNITY INVITED TO VIEW PLANS FOR ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE IN CLYDE GATEWAY AREA

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

DETAILED ARRANGEMENTS IN PLACE FOR VISIT OF QUEEN’S BATON RELAY

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

BRIDGETON TEENAGERS SET TO GRADUATE AT CITY CHAMBERS EVENT

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 coachcore@glasgowlife.org.uk or phoning 0141 287 3665/ 3588.

19 Jul 2017

QUEEN’S BATON RELAY IS COMING TO CLYDE GATEWAY

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 https://www.teamscotland.scot/2017/gold-coast-2018-queens-baton-relay-celebrations-scotland-announced/

 

10 Jul 2017

SUMMER OF ACTIVITIES AT CUNINGAR LOOP

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.

 

27 Jun 2017

SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE FOR LEARNING WORKS

One of Clyde Gateway’s most popular and successful community programmes has passed a significant milestone.

The award-winning Learning Works initiative, which was introduced in 2012 thanks to funding from Clyde Gateway, has now seen the completion of its twentieth course.

Learning Works is a free course designed to help long-term unemployed people into work or further learning. The partnership also involves Thenue Housing Association and Glasgow Kelvin College. The past five years have seen 227 local residents complete the course, with 85 per cent finding it a vital pathway into work or further learning.

To mark the completion of the 20th course, the latest crop of eight students took part in the “Celebration of Learning” event held at the Glasgow Women’s Library in Bridgeton.

Niki Spence, the Senior Manager for Community Benefits at Clyde Gateway, who was part of the team which helped establish the initiative back in 2012, said “Learning Works is a success as it is the sort of course that people enjoy and feel comfortable being part of. The mix of practical and classroom-based learning across so many areas that impact on everyday life brings out the best in participants and gives them a whole new level of confidence and belief which, as the figures demonstrate, lead to the vast majority of graduates using it as a springboard into work or further learning.

“My congratulations, not only to the those involved in this latest class, but to everyone who has been part of Learning Works over the years.”

Thenue Housing chief executive Charles Turner, the chief executive of Thenue Housing Association was in attendance at the celebratory event and used the occasion to praise the commitment to learning of those taking part and the “hugely successful” partnership between Thenue and Glasgow Kelvin College.

He added that Clyde Gateway deserved special thanks for its ongoing commitment to the communities it was created to help in addition to Big Lottery Fund Scotland which has also shown unwavering financial commitment to Learning Works.

Congratulating the learners involved in Learning Works, Alan Inglis, vice principal at Glasgow Kelvin College, said: “This first step for you has been made possible only through the strong partnership forged between Thenue and Glasgow Kelvin. It allows the College to target our learning resources directly to where they’re needed – at grassroots community level. Working with the support of Clyde Gateway and Big Lottery Fund, we hope our partnership continues well into the future.”

Lawrence McCabe, community regeneration manager at Thenue, said: “Learning Works is a shining example of the kind of work housing providers across Scotland are doing to help their communities at grass roots level.

“Helping people back into the workplace so they can earn a wage and improve their lives is undoubtedly one of the most admirable accomplishments of the housing association movement.”

Further information can be found at http://thenuecommunity.org.uk/projects/learning-works/

17 May 2017

TRIBUTES PAID TO TOMMY ROONEY, CLYDE GATEWAY BOARD MEMBER

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 ON SUNDAY 21 MAY

‘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.

For more information, please visit www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/cuningar-loop

 

 

28 Apr2017

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE NETWORKING EVENT IS A HIT

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.”

 

26 Apr 2017

CLYDE GATEWAY STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM ENGINEERING COURSE

Fifteen students from the Clyde Gateway area have graduated from a course designed to introduce them to the construction industry.

The budding engineers, who attend Eastbank Academy, St Mungo’s Academy and Trinity High School, took part in a ten-week ‘Get Into Engineering’ programme, run in collaboration between Clyde Gateway, Robertson Group, Glasgow Kelvin College and the University of the West of Scotland.

The course is designed to provide academic and practical insight into the application of engineering, participating students were assigned project work on live Robertson projects.

Ann-Marie Burns, the Project Manager for Education, Business and Community Growth at Clyde Gateway, said: “It’s great to see these young people successfully graduating from ‘Get Into Engineering’ – just one of the many programmes we carry out with Clyde Gateway schools to help prepare pupils for the world of work.

“‘Get Into Engineering’ has proven to be a very popular and successful part of our on-going efforts, and in previous years a number of the young people have pursued engineering further in terms of work, college or university. “There is no doubt that the involvement of Robertson has been a key component in the achievement of such excellent outcomes, including the enjoyable, interesting and informative site visits.

“The programme also focuses on the essential skills that employers are looking for, such as team working, leadership, problem solving, planning and organising. The selection process that pupils need to go through to get onto the programme, including taking part in an interview, really helps prepare them for what will happen in real life.”

Gemma Gourlay, Director of Social Sustainability at the Robertson Group, said: “This is the third year that we have delivered this programme, working in partnership with Clyde Gateway and the schools to introduce the pupils to the diverse careers available within engineering and the wider construction industry.

“The ‘Get Into Engineering’ programme offers varied activities, allowing the pupils to identify their strengths and interests through practical work, hands-on classroom exercises and talks from industry experts. It’s brilliant to support such a positive initiative that has a lasting impact on the next generation of construction engineers.”

As part of the programme, the pupils carried out project work at Robertson Central construction sites, including piling and steelwork activities at Collegelands in Glasgow and an introduction to civil engineering at the Huntershill sports complex in Bishopbriggs.

They also attended training sessions held by Robertson Central, where they received an introduction to mechanical and electrical engineering.

As part of efforts to promote the construction industry and careers it has to offer, Robertson Group provide a variety of different activities and programmes with numerous stakeholder groups, engaging with over 23,500 young people between April 2016 and March 2017.

Cara Allan, a fifth year pupil at Trinity High School said: “I enjoyed everything about ‘Get Into Engineering’, especially the visit to Kelvin College where we learned about all the different paths there were into engineering.

“I’ve always been interested in engineering, but this has shown me all the different types of jobs that are out there, and I am now certain that I want to pursue a career in civil engineering.”

25 Apr 2017

CITY COUNCIL INVESTMENT PROVIDES BOOST TO CLYDE GATEWAY AREA

Glasgow City Council has provided a huge boost to the continued regeneration efforts across Clyde Gateway thanks to the approval of £250,000 funding to move towards the next stage of delivering the third and final phase of the East End Regeneration Route (EERR), which will complete the link between the M74 and the M8/M80.

This final part of the EERR will be a four lane route running through Glasgow’s East End, between Biggar Street at the Parkhead Forge Retail Park and Provan Road at Alexandra Park.

The £250,000 funding will complete design, environmental impact, contract preparation and economic business case works to allow a full and detailed Economic Business Case on the third phase of the EERR to be presented to the council’s Executive Committee at a later date.

A number of milestones have already been met in preparation for work beginning on the delivery of the route, such as the promotion of roads orders, the purchase of land and consent for a Public Local Enquiry granted. Glasgow City Council has been working with Network Rail and Transport Scotland on the proposals.

The earlier phases of the EERR run between the M74 at Polmadie along the Clyde Gateway to the Gallowgate.

30 Mar 2017

FUNDING BOOST FOR HEALTHY N HAPPY

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.”

22 Mar 2017

£9 MILLION INVESTMENT SET TO BRING NEW BUSINESS CENTRE AND 250 JOBS TO SHAWFIELD

Clyde Gateway has signed a contract that will allow construction work to begin next month on a new office block at Shawfield that will bring 250 new jobs to the area.

Red Tree Shawfield is set to become the first building at Magenta, the new business district launched last year by Clyde Gateway in partnership with Highbridge Properties PLC. Magenta is located next to the River Clyde at the site of formerly contaminated land now fully cleared, remediated and ready for investment.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “Our Red Tree brand has been very successful with two office blocks at Rutherglen and Bridgeton operating at full capacity. Red Tree Shawfield will be even bigger and better which will undoubtedly provide a highly attractive proposition for all sorts of small and medium sized companies.

“This is a £9 million investment by Clyde Gateway and it marks the beginning of what will be a remarkable and eye-catching transformation of the Shawfield area.

“There has been superb support from partners in getting the project to this stage and I would like to particularly thank both the Scottish Government and South Lanarkshire Council for the financial backing and flexibility they have provided over an extended period that will enable the construction work to begin next month and allow us to have the building ready for occupancy by the summer of 2018.”

The two existing Red Tree business suites at Stonelaw Road, Rutherglen and Dalmarnock Road, Bridgeton involved the conversion of empty properties and are home to 150 staff across a range of professions including accountancy, management consultancy, architecture, publishing, engineering and energy renewables, with all the firms involved being new to the Clyde Gateway area.

Red Tree Shawfield will be a new-build on a vacant site and, at four-storeys high, will be the largest of its type. The occupiers being targeted by Clyde Gateway are in key growth sectors such as media, communications, IT, training and engineering. There will more than 40 suites of varying sizes within the building which can be utilised by the smallest of firms with just one desk, all the way through to meeting the requirements of companies with upwards of fifty staff across one entire floor of the building.

Ian Manson added: “Clyde Gateway, with the backing of South Lanarkshire Council has an excellent record of investment across the Rutherglen and Shawfield area over the past eight years that have made a real and lasting difference.

“There have been improvements in the public realm around Rutherglen Station, new office buildings and industrial units on Stonelaw Road and Farmeloan Road, the opening of the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park and the expanded accommodation for the Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust along with a range of projects and initiatives in education, training and employment that have impacted on thousands of local people. “This however, is the beginning of something that will dwarf everything that Clyde Gateway has already achieved elsewhere as it is the first of what will be many such buildings within the Magenta office development which is going to be crucial in terms of our long-term goals around the creation of jobs and new business spaces, not to mention bringing previously contaminated and polluted industrial sites back into use.”

The main contractor at Red Tree Shawfield will be Robertson Construction whose team will soon be moving on site to enable a start date of the first week in April.

The building, when completed, will also feature a conference room, meeting rooms, break-out spaces, kitchen areas and café, along with a 70-space car park. It will be located at the junction of Shawfield Drive and Glasgow Road, immediately adjacent to the walkway that links to the SMART bridge across to Dalmarnock Station.

 

20 Mar 2017

INVITATION TO ALL LOCALLY BASED SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gsen-vaslan-meet-your-neighbours-breakfast-event-tickets-32625109581

 

 

02 Mar 2017

DEMOLITION WORK SET TO PAVE WAY FOR FURTHER REDEVELOPMENT IN BRIDGETON

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.

 

21 Feb 2017

£6.5m MILLION DOUBLE FUNDING BOOST

Clyde Gateway has been given a double funding boost totaling £6.5 million.

The Scottish Government’s SPRUCE (Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres) fund has provided a £1 million loan to construct a 27,000 sq ft. manufacturing unit at Clyde Gateway East business park which will be targeted at key growth sectors identified by Scottish Enterprise and Kevin Stewart MSP, the Minister for Local Government and Housing has confirmed Clyde Gateway will receive £5.5 million from the Scottish Government in 2017/18 subject to parliamentary approval this week.

Visiting the site on Tuesday, Mr Stewart said:

“I’m really pleased to be here today to confirm this additional funding, which will not only continue the regeneration of the area but crucially will create dozens of jobs.

“The SPRUCE fund is providing essential investment that is helping to regenerate areas by delivering new infrastructure, supporting the economy and jobs and transforming our communities for the better.

“Over the last few years, Clyde Gateway has been at the forefront of transforming the east end of Glasgow beyond recognition. However it is essential that we maintain that momentum and this additional money being provided by the Scottish Government demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting the delivery of regeneration and improving the lives of the local communities across the east end of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire .”

The new manufacturing unit, which will see a total of £3m investment, is being built on a speculative basis, Scottish Enterprise has made a contribution of £0.5 million of support and Glasgow City Council which has provided a guarantee against the SPRUCE loan.

Councillor George Redmond, the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway and Executive Member for Jobs, Business and Investment at Glasgow City Council said:

”I am delighted with this twin boost for the city and the Clyde Gateway area.

“The new factory will help increase Glasgow’s manufacturing base which continues to be such a vital component in our efforts to continue the growth of the local economy.

“There is clearly much to celebrate in terms of what has been achieved so far in transforming the fortunes of communities such as Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen and Shawfield but it also is worth noting that we are less than halfway through the 20-year programme of activity.

“It is pleasing that the Scottish Government is acknowledging Clyde Gateway’s great work with £5.5 million of funding for the coming year alongside a clear commitment to future activities as this will assist us in our wider efforts to attract the extensive investment and developments necessary to complete the task in hand.”

07 Feb 2017

BREAKING THE OFFICE SPACE CONUNDRUM

This is the text of an opinion piece, written by Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, that was published in The Scotsman newspaper on 7 February 2017

My own experience, based on thirty years involvement in planning and regeneration, is that there has always been a conundrum around the supply and demand of Grade A office accommodation across our city centres. The pattern always seems to be either a glut or a shortage, and two recent reports, from Savills and Knight Frank, have indicated we will again shortly be facing a shortage. This will be the consequence of a current pressing need that will lead, particularly in Glasgow, to all remaining Grade A offices being snapped up in 2017 at a time when no new builds will be available for at least two more years, with speculative commercial building pipelines being frozen or closed.

Any combination of increasing demand and decreasing stock is likely to lead to rises in rental fees with businesses unable to expand or move due to lack of availability. This will add costs to SMEs and at the same time potentially force larger investors to look at other regions to base new workforces.

There is, however, a viable alternative. Satellite business districts, such as those we can provide at Clyde Gateway, not only regenerate an area but offer immediate opportunities to attract inward investment while also helping to enhance growth within the city-region.

Clyde Gateway was established to carry out the regeneration of 840 hectares across the east end of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire. We work in partnership with Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government and we are driving forward £1.5 billion of private sector investment to establish this area as a hub of business activity.

Neighbouring Glasgow’s city centre, we have a dynamic, mobile and skilled workforce on our doorstep. To date, we have developed 300,000 square feet of Grade A office and industrial space, suitable for small, medium, large companies. Already, over 90 percent of this space has been let or sold. We’re seeing a real appetite from businesses wanting to move to our satellite business location, attracted by the quality of business space, set in a prime location with excellent transport links and cost savings of 30 percent in comparison to typical city centre offerings across the UK.

In addition, all Clyde Gateway properties have superfast broadband and offer up to a Gigabit of bandwidth with all the features of digital connectivity that matter most – speed, reliability and wifi infrastructure. The buildings also provide environmentally sustainable BREEAM ratings.

The accommodation offered across Clyde Gateway spans smaller multi-let spaces such as Red Tree Rutherglen to larger industrial spaces at Clyde Gateway East adjacent to Junction 2a of the M74. For SMEs that want to bring in bigger teams, larger space options are available at Rutherglen Links Business Park and The Albus and Olympia buildings in Bridgeton.

Our newest flagship development is Magenta at Clyde Gateway. Together with our development partner, Highbridge Properties, Magenta will bring 1.2m square feet over 27 acres. This vast regeneration project will become one of the UK’s largest office parks and is expected to bring around 12,000 jobs to the area. The site will be able to accommodate large modern floorplates which can be tailored to meet a company’s exact needs together with premium, well-connected road and rail links.

Large employers like Police Scotland have reaped big benefits from locating more than 1,000 administrative, finance, and IT staff here. Other significantly dynamic and creative businesses, including SPIE UK, Glacier Energy, MadeBrave, Peebles Media, BT and MEPC have invested in Clyde Gateway since our regeneration activities got underway. Our successes in recent years offer unquestionable evidence that satellite business districts work, and provide a sustainable way to deliver high-quality business stock across any of our city-regions. Perhaps we can bring an end to that conundrum.

 

24 Jan 2017

NEW SWAP SHOP FOR R:EVOLVE RECYCLE THANKS TO CLYDE GATEWAY FUNDING

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

AN OPEN WELCOME AWAITS AT GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY

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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

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT FOR BRIDGETON

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 www.linkhousing.org.uk

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