Why you should choose Paisley and Renfrewshire

This is a fantastic place to locate your business.

Connectivity and flexibility

With unrivalled air, sea and land connectivity, Renfrewshire is home to Glasgow Airport from which 30 airlines fly nearly 9million people to and from more than 130 destinations.

Paisley is connected directly to Scotland’s motorway network and is only 12 minutes from Glasgow city centre.

Paisley Gilmour Street is Scotland’s fourth busiest rail station and sees over 4million passengers pass through each year.

Economy and workforce

Paisley lies immediately west of Glasgow and is home to over 4,500 businesses from start-ups to internationally recognised brands.

Employment sectors include manufacturing, retail, transport and health/social work.

Our economy is growing:

  • £2.9billion GVA
  • 37 new business start-ups (13% of start-ups as a % of total businesses)
  • 64.6% of population are of working age (16-24)

Our workforce is well skilled and enterprising. Paisley is a university town, with the University of the West of Scotland offering businesses research potential and a source of graduate employees. West College Scotland offers vocational training to support workforce development and economic growth in the area.

Industry and innovation

Home to both innovative high growth start-ups and international companies, there is a broad range of properties, sites and developments on offer for businesses on the move.

For generations, Renfrewshire has enjoyed a successful dialogue with the world, based on industry, innovation and a legacy in the design and production of global textiles.

New businesses can choose to lease or buy fully flexible buildings of various sizes in both town centre and out of town locations. Many sites are ready to adapt to the needs of incoming businesses.


Investing here

Diageo has been operating as a business in Renfrewshire for 39 years and has grown to become the largest Scotch whisky bottling plant globally.

Gavin Brogan
Site Director

W H Malcolm has been operating in the Paisley area for over 90 years and, in that time, we have grown from literally a horse-and-cart business to one with an annual turnover over £200million.

Andrew B Malcolm
Malcolm Group

I would advise any other creative businesses to think about setting up in Paisley because the potential is massive – there is such a great community of creative people.

Jane Hunter
Textile artist

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