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Economic growth performance

The Economic Growth Service is part of the Economy and Communities directorate.

One of the strategic priorities the service leads on is to 'grow our economy, increase employment and regenerate our towns'.

The Economic Growth Service consists of the following teams:

  • Business Development and Support
  • Employability and Skills
  • Planning
  • Protective Services
  • Regeneration

Our performance

There are five Economic indicators in the Local Government Benchmarking Framework:

Indicator Ref and Name2013/14 Value2014/15 Value2015/16 Value2016/17 ValueScotland Value 2016/17
Econ1 Percentage of Unemployed People Assisted into work from Council Funded/ Operated Employability Programmes 19.46 16.31 8.23 14.67 14
Econ2 Cost per planning application 5372.74 4494.44 4270.93 3787.11 4564.87
Econ3 Average Time Per Commercial Planning Application 6.09 6.07 5.31 6.49 9.31
Econ4 % of procurement spent on local small/ medium enterprises 18.46 17.66 14.03 15.3 20.25
Econ5 No of business gateway start-ups per 10,000 population 19.79 20.96 15.43 22.37 16.62

Performance has improved in four of the five indicators in this area in 2016/17 compared to 2015/16. One indicator has slightly declined performance but still performs better than the national figure.

Compare our performance, against other councils, on the My Local Council website.

Steps to improvement

The employability pipeline is continuing to be developed through the £5 million European Social Fund project (ESF). 

Fullarton Employability Hub opened in October 2017 with Kilwinning Hub launched in January 2018.

During 2017/18:

  • 635 unemployed people registered with the hubs
  • 1,693 unemployed people participated in programmes funded or operated by the Council
  • 818 formerly unemployed residents gained employment - 42.8% above the annual target 

Team North Ayrshire (TNA), a North Ayrshire Council initiative to support local businesses with high growth potential, continues to go from strength to strength. 

Our Business Growth Managers are currently working with the 243 TNA companies to assist in the development of bespoke growth plans. It was anticipated the implementation of these plans would lead to the creation of more than 1000 local jobs by April 2019. However, this target was exceeded during 2017/18 with 1,243 new jobs created between April 2016 and March 2018.

How to get involved

Find out more about:

The introduction of Locality Partnerships is empowering local communities to improve services and develop opportunities.

The approach is regarded as best practice and is based on engagement and consultation with communities as outlined in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

The Community Planning Partnership website contains details on the localities in North Ayrshire and information on how to become involved in your Locality Partnership or Community Council.