The move is part of a new strategy to grow the local economy and seize on £1.4 billion (US$1.7 billion) being invested in infrastructure, innovation and skills across the region and an ambitious agenda to add more than 9000 jobs across Renfrewshire by 2030. Alongside the jobs pledge, the strategy also aims to increase GVA by £400 million (US$497 million) a year and expand Renfrewshire’s manufacturing sector by 30%.

Scottish Leather Group’s (SLG) Director, James Lang, chairs Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel, which led the development of the strategy. He said: “Renfrewshire offers the perfect environment for businesses to flourish and as a locally-based business, we can trace our Renfrewshire roots as far back as the 18th century. We are delighted to be expanding our Renfrewshire operation further with this important new facility in Paisley, which will create new jobs and enable us to deliver on our expanding portfolio.”

The Scottish Leather Group currently employs more than 800 people across its Bridge of Weir, Paisley and Glasgow sites.

Pictured: James Lang, Director of Scottish Leather Group and Chair of Renfrewshire Economic Leadership Panel; Derek Mackay, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work; Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs and Iain Nicolson, Renfrewshire Council Leader