Supporting businesses for over three decades.
When we started in 1983 we wanted to build more than just an office block, more than a business park, more than other business support organisations we wanted to be unique and to make an impact. We wanted to not only build a community of businesses where companies could start, grow and lean on each other in a supportive environment, having ambitions to make Stirling the place to do business.
We aim to build on what has made us so successful for the last 30 years.
Mission, vision and values
When we started in 1983 we wanted to build more than just a business park. That hasn’t changed.
We want to build a successful central Scotland.
By providing unique, resilient and inspiring business support with a twist. We will grow our business every year and in turn our local economy by building an ecosystem where businesses can start, grow and scale in a supportive, innovative and sustainable environment.
All whilst investing 100% of profits into activity designed to grow the local and regional economy.
This mission ensures that every decision we make, benefits our businesses, communities, team, and our local area.
Because if central Scotland is successful, so are we.
We will become Scotland’s leader of unique, inspiring business support and high-quality spaces that has the biggest impact on the economy.
For us, “unique” is an attitude, an approach to how we do things. We naturally look at things differently, taking a fresh perspective on situations, exploring whether there are better ways of delivering solutions to the challenges businesses face in today’s rapidly changing landscape.
Our values make us STEP UP.
We are Supportive
We are Team players
We are Exciting
We are Professional
We are Unique
We are Pioneers
Fair work is work that offers all individuals an effective voice, opportunity, job security, fulfilment and respect. It balances the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers and generates benefits for individuals, organisations and society.
Embedding these principles into STEP and using them as pillars for everything we do will ensure as we grow our team grows with us and we remain ‘one team’.
Effective voice is much more than just having a channel of communication available – though this is important. Effective voice ensures a safe environment where dialogue and challenges are dealt with constructively and where employee views are sought out, listened to and can make a difference.
Opportunity is more than the chance to access work. Real opportunity can be supported in a variety of different ways: through recruitment and selection procedures, internship arrangements, training and development approaches and promotion and progression procedures and practices.
Job Security plays an important role in behaviours and attitudes and therefore can generate important benefits. Where people feel secure, this can increase their willingness to adapt and change, their level of commitment and to go the ‘going the extra mile’. It also has a significant impact of employer-employee trust.
Job Fulfilment can be an important source of job satisfaction and the basis for employee commitment. Fulfilling work is also associated with better health and well-being. Fulfilling work also provides the basis for people to go beyond what is required of them. It encourages creativity and innovation and can unleash the talents and capabilities that generate benefits for their employers through better performance, quality and responsiveness.
Respect involves recognising others as dignified human beings and recognising their standing and personal worth. At its most basic, respect involves ensuring the health, safety and well-being of others. Respect as a dimension of fair work includes and goes beyond this to include dignified treatment, social support and the development of trusting relationships.
We aim to grow our income streams so we’re not reliant on one source of funding. This is very important to us as it means we can remain entirely independent and are less vulnerable to changes in one area of income.
Our financial assets are important to allow us to:
- Keep rent and costs low.
- Grow and develop.
- Introduce new business support initiatives.
- Continue to operate should our income fall.
To do this we will grow our current services in addition to expanding our product offering.
We aim to Support Stirling by delivering additional business support products. To do this we will invest 100% of our profits into activity designed to boost the economy.
Over the next 10 years, we expect to invest over £10 million into Business Support actively to boost the local economy.
Our people are our greatest assets and we understand to be successful our people need to be at the heart of our strategy.
At the same time, our One STEP People Strategy will respond to the ever-changing world of work, by setting out our vision for the future of the workplace.
We will unleash our peoples potential by delivering a ‘one team’ culture under the fair work framework.
Our property assets are an important part of supporting and enabling us to achieve our strategic objectives and it is therefore essential that we have an innovative and forward-thinking property strategy in place.
We will future-proof and fortify our physical assets to ensure that we:
- Provide value for money and are futureproofed.
- Meet the highest of standards possible.
- Support regeneration and economic growth and are innovative, creative and business nurturing environments.
- Are sustainable and efficient.
We will strengthen our brand position both internally and externally.
We aspire to be Scotland’s leader of unique, inspiring business support and high-quality spaces.
Our future brand will reflect this. In the future we will:
- Stay ahead of industry changes.
- Be recognised as an industry leader.
- Be the first port of call for Business Space and Support in and around Stirling.
- Be known for our sustainability efforts.
- Be known for our transparency.
Your opinion underpins everything we do which is why we have created a forum, where you can tell us what Business Support activity you would like to see us deliver in the future, what training topics would be helpful and more.
You can vote for topics you think will support your business best or create your own and we will take forward what we can based on votes.