Clackmannanshire is a beautiful place set at the centre of Scotland. It is an area with a significant industrial heritage of mining, brewing and textiles. It remains an area with a relatively significant manufacturing base and retains a number of businesses related to the drinks industry including brewing, yeast making and bottle making. Its business base has some significant international players as well as key locally based larger employers.
Like much of Scotland the largest proportion of its businesses are small or micro-businesses in an array of sectors.
The Council’s corporate plan acknowledges that there are economic issues to overcome in the area. There are insufficient jobs in the area for everyone who needs it to find work. Those who can travel have been commuting elsewhere. Those who need to work nearer home to balance caring responsibilities often find themselves left behind. Too many people are living in poverty and have poor health. Outcomes for women and girls are particularly poor and some communities face the challenges of living in significant deprivation.
The Coronavirus pandemic continues to have a significant local impact on our communities. All businesses have faced challenges. The numbers out of work have risen with those in the 18-24 age group particularly badly affected.
Before the Coronavirus pandemic started the Council had commenced work in partnership with Scottish Government on a Wellbeing Economy Project. This builds on its existing approach to inclusive growth.
The Council will be producing a new economic strategy in 2021 which will have Wellbeing Economy principles and Community Wealth Building at its heart.
Development & Environment
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