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Key Facts

There are a number of local and national data sources which provide valuable insight into the performance of the West Lothian economy.  This section of the website highlights the key indicators of the health of the West Lothian economy, drawn from those sources.

Key indicators of the economy show that West Lothian has one of the fastest-growing and youngest populations in Scotland and is home to an extensive business base with almost 78,000 jobs in the area.

Population

183,100

Area

42,733 hectares  

Households

80,911

Businesses

5,965

Private sector jobs

57,600

Total Jobs

78,000

Residents in Work

89,100

Average wage levels (FT) (workplace)

£12.62 per hour

Residents by location

Livingston

65,660

Bathgate

29,320

Broxburn & Uphall

15,830

Linlithgow

12,920

Armadale

12,500

Whitburn

10,670

East Calder

5,790

Blackburn

5,790

Fauldhouse

4,880

Affordable Business Property

Considerable savings can be made on the cost of city centre business accommodation.

Existing space is available on flexible lease terms or we can fast track you to purpose-built solutions.

30% lower property costs than Edinburgh.

 

A Dynamic Local Economy

West Lothian is a pro-business council area.  The local economy provides a supportive backdrop to fast growing companies. Increasingly people are choosing West Lothian as the location for a new business.  West Lothian’s unique advantages of road, rail and airport connectivity make it the natural home for the life sciences, technology, engineering and manufacturing sectors.

 

Business Friendly Solutions

Integrated support for business, development area status, forward-thinking planning authority and excellent business networks enable West Lothian to assemble tailored packages for individual businesses.  With a single point of contact to join-up support.  This gives West Lothian a competitive advantage in delivering solutions for growing and relocating businesses.

Whatever the scale of the facility you are planning, West Lothian Council's Business Gateway team is keen to assist you. Our specialist advisers work closely across the Council and other key partner organisations. Our role is to make your move as easy as effective and profitable as possible.

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