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STIRLING IS A TOP EXAMPLE OF SCOTLAND’S PRO-BUSINESS ATTITUDE AND COMMITMENT TO GROWTH


plans to grow its diverse and expanding economy, and position itself as a world- class business location and a great place to live, work and visit. Stirling Council are working closely with


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the business community and our many partners to realise this ambitious vision for Stirling’s economy, by marketing the area’s unique advantages, advancing investment opportunities and encouraging diversification and growth. Our revitalised economic strategy


includes aspirational activities to support new business startups, faster growth of successful businesses, attract inward investment and international business development in both the city and our thriving rural communities. We have established a City Commission


to support delivery of an ambitious investment plan and £200m+ City Development Framework, designed to stimulate growth and reposition Stirling as an economic and cultural powerhouse.


vibrant and cosmopolitan city located in the heart of Scotland, Stirling has bold


Stirling boasts one of the most stunning cityscapes in Europe


scenery and vibrant cultural opportunities make it an ideal tourist destination. The tourism industry accounts for almost £430m in revenue. Stirling’s population of 91,000 is a


Stirling University Innovation Park is home to around 50 research and development firms


Fully connected Stirling sits at the hub of Scotland’s transport network, with the country’s two major international airports only 30 minutes away, making it the ideal choice for both domestic and international markets. Over half of Scotland’s population lives within an hour’s travel, providing a skilled workforce and customer base. Scotland’s largest deep-sea container port is just 15 miles away at Grangemouth. The area also offers an exceptional


quality of life. The ancient capital of Scotland, its historic setting, stunning


highly skilled one, and Stirling residents are more qualified than the Scottish average, with a third in possession of HND or degree-level qualifications. Stirling also boasts a highly entrepreneurial culture, where the 11 percent self-employment rate again outstrips the Scottish average and the talent pool is one that is constantly refuelled. Forth Valley College recently opened a new £29m state-of-the-art campus in the city, and, as one of Scotland’s most outstanding educational institutions, the University of Stirling has an international student base of around 9,500 students and is one of the UK’s top research universities. It has 8,239 undergraduate and 3,272 postgraduate students currently enrolled and their quality is recognised through the university being ranked 7th in the UK for graduate employability.


Business focused Stirling is Scotland’s most entrepreneurial city with 100 more businesses per 10,000 population than the Scottish average, and was recently named as the best place in Scotland to start a business (8th in the UK). Over the past decade, Stirling has


Stirling is a centre for world class research in several areas including Aquaculture, Sport and Dementia Care


COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MONTHLY 2016


experienced a higher rate of growth in business than Scotland as a whole. The city’s diverse business profile boasts around 4,000 businesses, employing around 35,000 people. Big names who have all chosen to make Stirling their home include Prudential, Capita, Falcon Food Services, Graham’s Family Dairies and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). Key sectors include financial services, food and drink, tourism and digital technology, with


particular sub sector specialisms in aquaculture, financial technology, sport, digital health and dairy to name just a few. Stirling also has varied business park


settings, from Forthside in the heart of the city to Castle Business Park adjacent to the M9 motorway. Springkerse and Stirling University Innovation Park provide an ideal base for modern, cutting-edge businesses, as well more traditional industrial and manufacturing enterprises, in what is a highly competitive location for both startups and established business growth. Our existing business base


demonstrates Stirling’s ability to grow and attract thriving, high-value investment from


A vibrant city, thriving economy and beautiful natural environment provides a quality of life that is hard to rival


the UK and overseas. Our vision is to build on that solid base by investing in bolder infrastructure plans, skills development, business support and rural development. This is an exciting time for Stirling. We are extremely proud of what we have to offer, open to opportunities and ambitious for the future. To find out more about business and


investment opportunities in Stirling visit www.investinstirling.com or call Stuart Oliver, Economic Development Project Manager on 01786 233158


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