Renfrewshire Council

Awards show Renfrewshire's regeneration is on track

We are at a pivotal point in our economic journey: regeneration is gathering pace; unemployment is falling; businesses are growing; our investments in communities and town centres is changing our prospects; and Paisley's bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 is already changing how we are seen and how we see ourselves.

Our success story is now the envy of many places - in Scotland and in areas all over Europe. We've been bucking economic trends and exceeding expectations for more than three years now. Everyone wants to know how we're doing it, particularly how we've tackled youth unemployment.

We should be proud of the fact that, in the three years from the launch of Invest, Renfrewshire's youth unemployment ranking went from 27th in Scotland (that's 6th bottom) to being 4th best.  That is an amazing achievement. 

We are now focussing on combating long term youth unemployment from Renfrewshire. And that will be a unique achievement. It will mean that our young people can be certain of the opportunity to work and build successful lives in Renfrewshire.

Our success story has been driven by Renfrewshire's people and on Wednesday night I had the honour of speaking at the Aiming Higher employability awards and welcoming our partners and people, at all stages of their careers, who have committed to building their futures in Renfrewshire.

I was also able to set our Aiming Higher agenda.  We've achieved a tremendous amount and gained some real momentum but we're aiming really high to put Renfrewshire where it should be: at the heart of the region's economy, recognised as a centre of creativity and excellence, and admired for scales of our regeneration.

Wednesday night's award winners and finalists are proof of the talent and drive that will power our further regeneration and help to build a thriving future for us all.