Rent-free windfall for small businesses

Vincent Martin of Caldervale Blacksmiths (back row, left), Pamela Simmons of basketsof.com and Warren Bader of PlanBee (front row, right) are congratulated by Graeme Currie of Business Gateway (front row, centre) and North Lanarkshire Council's David Baird (back row, centre) and Chris Wond

Vincent Martin of Caldervale Blacksmiths (back row, left), Pamela Simmons of basketsof.com and Warren Bader of PlanBee (front row, right) are congratulated by Graeme Currie of Business Gateway (front row, centre) and North Lanarkshire Council's David Baird (back row, centre) and Chris Wond

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FOUR tenants of Netherdale Park in Netherton have each won a year’s rent-free lease in the new showcase business units.

The prize, worth a total of £15,000, was awarded following the ‘Nether Mind the Rent’ competition, organised by North Lanarkshire Council in conjunction with Business Gateway Lanarkshire.

In addition each of the firms has scooped a year’s support and after-care package from a dedicated business adviser at Business Gateway.

The four winners were online gift basket business basketsof.com, Caldervale Blacksmiths, visual artists Littlewhitehead and honey producer PlanBee.

Councillor Harry Curran, convener of the policy and resources property sub-committee, said: “Small businesses account for around 85 per cent of the area’s business base and are vital in getting the local economy back on its feet.

“To be able to assist four small businesses is a privilege but for me the most remarkable thing is the diversity of the enterprises.

“No two businesses are ever truly alike, yet what we have in Netherdale Park is a microcosm of vision and enterprise and I wish these firms well for their future development.”

Business Gateway Lanarkshire’s Graeme Currie added: “We are delighted to be involved in this competition, which will provide the winners with a prize to benefit their businesses hugely and in the most practical way possible.

“In addition to their new premises the aftercare support will also help them develop their businesses providing further employment opportunities in the area.”

For more information visit Business Gateway Lanarkshire or call 0845 609 6611.