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How ready are you to take advantage of opportunity when it comes knocking at your door? How well prepared are you to make the most of what life, and infrastructure projects throw at you?
The middle of May represented a major milestone in the Borders Railway project. It was the halfway point in the construction phase, with just over a year to go until handover and opening to the public in September 2015. How has it been for you? Good, bad, or indifferent, are you prepared for what this infrastructure project will bring to your business?
If you’ve been involved in the construction of the railway, you may have gone along to the contractors open day, about this time last year, when there were opportunities to get involved in the earth moving, track laying and, as the Borders Railway newsletter was proud to point out, providing some of the 25000 bacon rolls so far consumed by the workforce.
Government business case modelling always produces a positive benefit, before anything gets built. When the M74 extension was opened and the A80 was being upgraded, the figures already showed that there would be an equivalent boost to the Glasgow economy. That’s not an abstract figure - that’s genuine bottom line wealth creation for businesses in Glasgow - their business customers can reach them faster and more reliably than before plus the Glasgow businesses themselves can now extend their market reach to businesses in Lanarkshire and Stirlingshire which might not have been considered viable to exploit before.
We don’t actually build roads or railways at Springfords - although we can see the Borders Railway from our Eskbank office, and we’re already thinking about how that could be a benefit for us and our clients. For example, it means it will be easier for staff and clients to travel to us plus it expands our reach across Central Scotland, the Central Borders and beyond.
We do loads of forward planning to help you get to grips with what you have to do, so you can stay on top of the opportunities, and ahead of your obligations too. If you haven’t already signed up for our news and events feed, now’s a good time - just before the first trains run down the line.
There, we got to the end of an infrastructure piece without mentioning the Edinburgh Trams...