Eye, eye, look who’s arrived now

UKSE's Anne Clyde with XEYEX directors Tracy Scott and Grant Cardwell
UKSE's Anne Clyde with XEYEX directors Tracy Scott and Grant Cardwell

UK Steel Enterprise’s has welcomed a raft of new tenants to its premises in Bellshill over the last quarter.

The 46,500 sq ft Grovewood Business Centre in Strathclyde Business Park, offering both industrial and commercial units, is currently home to 40 companies ranging from small manufacturers and producers to engineers and now software designers.

Anne Clyde, regional manager for Scotland at UKSE, said: “This rapid succession of new tenants to our premises demonstrates an encouraging growth in business activity.

“Our multipurpose business centre supports a range of organisations from those who are progressing from the kitchen table and looking for their first workspace or office, to international organisations that require a base in Central Scotland.

“We are seeing a growth not only in businesses seeking our premises, but also in those we work with on various investment and equity deals.

“This is good news not only for the wider economy, but more specifically for the businesses and communities in the regions we support as they create more employment opportunities.

“Since we established 40 years ago, nearly 700 companies have occupied premises in our Grovewood Business Centre and built up businesses in the region; creating economic growth in Lanarkshire. This is exactly what UKSE is all about.””

The latest arrival is XEYEX Ltd, which supplies cloud-based patient and practice management systems to retail opticians based all over the UK and Ireland.

The software developer was in need of larger premises and was drawn to Grovewood because of its location and quality of facilities.

Grant Cardwell, director and co-founder of XEYEX Ltd, said: “We have undergone a rapid period of growth and needed a bigger and better space to match our new requirements.

“The move to Bellshill gives us four times the space we had previously. It means we can accommodate customers on-site for our events; enabling us to undertake training, demonstrations and even mini-conferences.

“The most attractive feature was its great location, we are within an hour’s travel of around 200 independent optical practices, and with Glasgow Airport only 20 minutes away in the car, we can visit customers or they can visit us with ease.”