UK’s largest leather manufacturer, set to create 100 jobs at new factory in Paisley, Renfrewshire
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Scottish Leather Group has confirmed it is to open a new plant in Renfrewshire in a move hailed as the first step in ambitious growth plans for the area aimed at adding 9,000 jobs by 2030.
The company employs more than 800 people at its Bridge of Weir, Paisley and Glasgow sites and today announced that it is to open a new Paisley hub by Autumn 2020 creating 100 skilled jobs.
They will work to create high end car seat upholstery for the automotive market.
The announcement comes as business leaders set out the strategy to grow the local economy and seize on £1.4 billion being invested in infrastructure, innovation and skills across the region.
Together with the jobs pledge, the strategy aims to increase GVA by £400 million a year and expand Renfrewshire’s manufacturing sector by 30%.
Plans are also in place to grow the working-age population by 5000 people and reduce economic inactivity by 15%, bringing 3000 local people into the workforce, while Renfrewshire businesses will benefit from targeted actions to reduce skills gaps and shortages.
Scottish Leather Group director James Lang chairs Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel, which led development of the ambitious economic strategy.
He said: “Renfrewshire offers the perfect environment for businesses to flourish and as a locally based business we can trace our Renfrewshire roots as far back as the 18th century.
“We are delighted to be expanding our Renfrewshire operation further with this important new facility in Paisley, which will create new jobs and enable us to deliver on our expanding portfolio.
These jobs are an important first step in our ambitions for Renfrewshire. We are at an exciting time with major economic investment taking place right across Renfrewshire, a region which has strong foundations upon which to build, with a high employment rate and businesses exporting £2 billion of goods and services worldwide.
He said the economic strategy would seize on the opportunities brought by the new investment.
“It is the culmination of close partnership working between the private and public sector and achieving its ambitious aims will require our continued collaboration, drive and passion.”
The strategy identifies key sectors of strength in manufacturing, construction, transport and storage, together with emerging sectors in creative industries, tourism and care.
It acknowledges the importance of the work now started on the construction of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) – a partnership project with Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise to develop a 52-hectare site next to Glasgow Airport into a base for manufacturing companies to harness new technologies and access cutting-edge research.
The first opening road bridge over the River Clyde at Renfrew, funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal, will enhance connectivity and transform the Clyde waterfront.
Major investment is being made in Paisley’s venues and outdoor spaces, including the transformation of Paisley Museum, as part of plans to attract more tourists and visitors to the region.
And the strategy cites the critical importance of the house building programme, with 5000 homes being built in Renfrewshire over the next 10-years, including at Dargavel Village, one of the UK’s largest privately funded brownfield regeneration projects.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Renfrewshire is a place of culture, creativity and design, a region that is globally connected and a place that is investing in its economy.
“I am confident we will deliver a thriving Renfrewshire and we are already making great progress. Guided by this strategy and through the private and public sector working together, we will achieve a strong and inclusive economy, bringing more people into work with more secure earnings and greater earning power.”