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Why East Renfrewshire - Invest East Renfrewshire

Why East Renfrewshire

Find out why East Renfrewshire is a highly desirable area to live, work and invest.


  • East Renfrewshire is rated consistently among the top places to live in Scotland according to the Bank of Scotland Quality of Life Survey
  • Life expectancy is the second highest in Scotland with an average of 79.5 for males and 83 females
  • East Renfrewshire has the highest weekly average earnings in Scotland at £652.5 per week

PropertyNew homes

  • Land values continue to hold up and remain amongst the highest in Scotland
  • One of Scotland's strongest housing markets - average price is around £200,000
  • Progressive adopted Local Development Plan (LDP) that has over 4,000 new homes programmed to be delivered up to 2025 and beyond
  • Well connected to Glasgow City Centre and Glasgow Airport via the M77, and bus and rail links provide further connectivity to Paisley and East Kilbride


  • 3 of the top 6 schools in Scotland are in East Renfrewshire
  • Top authority area in Scotland for 5+ higher passes at 33%

Business and Employmentbusiness

  • The most highly qualified local labour market in Scotland (over 51.3% of residents have qualifications at NVQ4 level and above vs UK average of 34.4%).
  • More than 2,500 registered businesses.
  • Between 740 and 1,140 jobs to be supported by City Deal investment over the next 20 years.

Tourism and Green Credentials Dams to Darnley Country Park

  • One of only two councils in Scotland to exceed its 25% carbon reduction target.  On track to achieve a 47% reduction by 2020.
  • Among Scotland's top rated authorities for parks and green space.
  • Whitelee Windfarm is the largest onshore windfarm in the UK and has over 130km of trails to explore, a visitors centre and mountain bike routes. It is graded as a four star attraction by the Scottish Tourist Board.
  • Dams to Darnley is Scotland's newest Country Park and future investment will transform this into a must-visit destination for an audience of 1.8 million people within an hour's drive of park by 2019. Plans include a new visitor centre, cafe, boardwalk, leisure opportunities and a Wake Park Centre - the fastest growing extreme sport in the world.

AwardsBarrhead foundry

  • The Council's ambitious and progressive planning approach has been recognised at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2015 where it won 3 awards, more than any other local authority.
  • Following the successful regeneration work in Barrhead, it was awarded 'Scotland's Most Improved Town' (Small/Medium) in the 2015 SURF awards which celebrate best practice in regeneration.

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