Resources for Businesses

East Renfrewshire Council works in partnership with a range of other agencies to deliver the highest level of support for our businesses. Please use the links below to find out what is available in East Renfrewshire to support your business.


Business Improvement Districts (BID)

Clarkston BID

The Clarkston Town Centre Business Improvement District is made up of some 132 businesses centred round Clarkston Toll and the Sheddens Roundabout. Located in East Renfrewshire it was put forward for a BID by East Renfrewshire Chamber of Trade and Commerce. The BID is working to complete a business-led programme of investment to tackle issues identified by businesses, with the aim of increasing the number of people shopping, visiting, working and investing in Clarkston town centre.

Giffnock BID

Giffnock has become Scotland’s 20th BID following a successful ballot. Businesses gave staunch backing to plans to support Giffnock by delivering a ‘Yes’ vote for Scotland’s latest Business Improvement District (BID). There are 64 businesses in the Giffnock BID area.

The Giffnock BID business plan was developed in consultation with businesses and shoppers and as a result of this BID projects will include the creation of new annual events to bring shoppers to the area, a new website and social media presence, a marketing campaign to promote the area, improved signage and participation in a review of parking. New ‘mall signs’ will be installed and a new retail forum will be created to allow issues and opportunities to be discussed between the businesses.

Barrhead BID

Barrhead Town Centre has become Scotland’s 36th Business Improvement District in July 2016. There are 145 businesses and organisations within the BID area. It starts at the Health Centre on Main Street, runs west to Tesco and Kelburn Street shopping centre, then south along Cross Arthurlie Street, ending opposite Barrhead Train Station at 6 Carlibar Road.

The BID’s aims are to have a cohesive approach to marketing the town centre and encouraging the community to shop local, to improve perceptions and the experience of the town centre, support businesses to reduce costs and seek grants that will help build their business, improve employment chances of the community, improve the diversity of offer, and connect the significant new town developments to the town centre.

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Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus has a range of recruitment services that can help an employer. You could get:

  • Recruitment advice, including specialist support for businesses.
  • Help setting up work trials to give you the opportunity to try out potential recruits.
  • Help through the Work Choice programme to employ a disabled person who needs specialist support.
  • Support from other employment schemes, including Work Clubs and help with work experience.


Skills Development Scotland

Our Skillsforce is Skills Development Scotland’s national hub for employers. They help employers with staff training, funding, recruitment and Modern Apprenticeships.
Further details can be found at:


East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce

Our members are drawn from all corners of East Renfrewshire and beyond: businesses big and small, from the private, public and not for profit sectors, reflecting the diverse nature of business here. We have a high number of micro businesses and home workers in the area, and the membership of our Board reflects this business demographic as far as possible. For more information please contact 0141 887 6181 or email:


Federation of Small Business More

The FSB in Scotland has around 19,000 members in Scotland and campaigns for a better social, political and economic environment in which small businesses can thrive. Our team north of the border works closely with the Scottish Government, parliamentarians, agencies, councils, media, regulators and others to represent our members’ interests.

Our policy & campaigns team work hand-in-hand with Scotland’s four regional Development Managers and FSB members from across the country to make the small business voice heard at the heart of government.

For more information please contact 0808 20 20 888 or on


Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire

We offer a variety of supports to The Third Sector in East Renfrewshire to enable them to better meet their aims and objectives and to work together on issues of shared concern.

What kind of support can VAER provide?

We offer free or low-cost, one-to-one advice and on-going support to new groups who want to become part of the East Renfrewshire Voluntary and Community Sector. A range of support is on offer which could include getting help with:

  • clarifying project aims and objectives
  • picking a suitable structure e.g. charity, social enterprise, community interest company etc.
  • writing and reviewing a constitution
  • registering as a charity
  • recruiting and running a management committee
  • completing and sourcing funding applications
  • developing a business strategy
  • finding premises from which to work
  • implementing systems and policies
  • training courses for staff, volunteers and trustees (accredited and non-accredited)
  • volunteer recruitment and management

Please feel free to contact us via the online form below or by giving us a call or email on: 0141 876 9555