South Lanarkshire Council helps new businesses get started


South Lanarkshire Council is backing a popular new business in Hamilton.

The Hang On climbing center is becoming a popular destination for visitors after converting an empty unit in a mall into one of the largest climbing gyms in the country.

The venue focuses on bouldering, rope climbing and has a wide range of climbing walls to encourage beginners and challenge experts.

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Hang On contacted the City Council’s Economic Development Team early in the development of the business and received advice and guidance and an £8000 South Lanarkshire Business Support Grant towards the purchase of specialist equipment for the climbing centre.

The team also helped with referrals to other council departments, including planning and building supervision, and to Business Gateway Lanarkshire for further expert advice.

Getting the family-run business off the ground has been difficult, with the pressures of the pandemic adding to the challenge.

Doug Meyerhoff says the council’s support has helped his company develop and grow.

The shop has become a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

He said: “It’s been a tough couple of years for everyone. Being in this business together as a family has helped us weather the pandemic, but I will not deny that business support measures, including grants from the Council, have also been of great help.

“As we as a community begin to really focus on recovery, I am confident that Hang On offers something unique, sufficient to generate the business we need, but also to provide broader benefit by enabling it.” increased visitor numbers for surrounding downtown businesses.”

Matt Meyerhoff said: “You could say that indoor climbing really grew up when it was included as an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020. Now we are aiming for the top as the pandemic recovery continues.

“As a family business, we are very interested in being perceived as part of the community. We are a livelihood employer and want to develop ideas such as autism-friendly courses to improve access to indoor climbing as a leisure activity, fitness program or competitive sport.”

Pauline Elliot, City Council head of planning and economic development, said: “Hang On brings a new attraction to the heart of a traditional town center and is not only a huge asset to Hamilton and South Lanarkshire but perhaps adds a new element to the discussion about how to overcome the well-documented difficulties faced by major thoroughfares across the country.

“Hang On is already attracting interest from across Scotland and with their first anniversary climbing competition they want to attract visitors from further afield, but at its core as a business it offers locals easy access to an exciting and healthy activity that is fast growing in popularity .”

SLC’s business development service offers companies support and advice on their formation, development and growth.

South Lanarkshire Business Support Grant is the name for the South Lanarkshire element of the Business Competitiveness Grant Support Lanarkshire, funded in part by the European Regional Development Fund and provided and funded in part by North and South Lanarkshire Councils.

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