Date lodged: 22 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to attract investment to the (a) Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse and (b) East Kilbride constituency.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 21 April 2017
The Scottish Government is committed to promoting Scotland as an attractive place for business and innovation and helping all businesses to thrive, grow and create employment opportunities. Our substantial investment in infrastructure, regeneration and business support helps to deliver inclusive economic growth and resilience, helping to create and retain jobs in communities across South Lanarkshire, including in the Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, and East Kilbride constituencies.
For example, our £500million investment in the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvement Project will help to promote sustainable economic growth by improving access to facilities and employment areas for communities and businesses.
Specific examples of our recent support to businesses in each constituency can be shown by regeneration funding of £450,000 for a Community Resource Hub in Hamilton that will provide small and medium-sized enterprises, micro businesses and social enterprises with access to a range of specialist resources and training opportunities, and three Regional Selective Assistance awards to businesses in East Kilbride totalling £600,000 and creating or safeguarding 56 jobs.