Home > Vision > Our History

Our History

Here's our timeline of key activities and achievements since the My Future's in Falkirk initiative was launched:

2002

Redundancies at the BP oil refinery in Grangemouth highlighted the need for the local economy to diversify, yet at the same time capitalise on the strength of its chemicals industry. BP, Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley and Falkirk Council came together to launch the My Future's in Falkirk economic development initiative.

The Falkirk Wheel is built and officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen.

2003

A £1.6 million state-of-the-art technology park was officially opened in Grangemouth, creating 10,000 sq ft of cutting edge biotechnology space.

The Falkirk Business Panel is launched and attracts over 650 members.

Denny Enterprise Centre opens, attracting 10 companies and creating 40 jobs as part of My Future's in Falkirk's incubation strategy.

2004

HRH The Prince of Wales visited Bo'ness to open the recently refurbished Dymock's building, one of the town's oldest structures.

The Bo'ness Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) was successfully awarded £1.3 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Other sources of funding including Falkirk Council, Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley and BP raised the total fund to around £5 million. The fund will be used to refurbish derelict listed properties in the town, including the Hippodrome Cinema.

A VisitScotland survey reveals visitor expenditure in the Falkirk area increased by £5 million between 2002 and 2003 and created 140 tourism jobs.

Plans for the multi million pound Helix project are unveiled.

A co-operation agreement with ING Real Estate UK is signed, taking the first steps towards the multi million pound regeneration of Bo'ness town centre and harbour.

2005

Falkirk is named one of the best investment areas in the country by the Royal Bank of Scotland, praising its central location and low house prices.

Falkirk College runs an e-Skills Academy to allow Scottish businesses access to the very latest Information Computer Technology (ICT) and training.

Henry Boot Developments are chosen by Falkirk Council for an £11 million redevelopment of Denny town centre.

ASDA confirm they will open a 40,000 sq ft foodstore in the Stenhousemuir redevelopment.

The My Future's in Falkirk initiative is shortlisted as a finalist in the Dynamic Place Awards organised by Scottish Enterprise. The initiative receives a Highly Commended recommendation.

2006

Falkirk Council host the official launch of the £5 million Townscape Heritage Initiative in Bo'ness.

A survey of young people in the area found most thought the area was changing for the better and felt proud of the area.

Planning permission is granted for the former Alcan site to be developed as a business park.

Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley is restructured to become Scottish Enterprise.

Over 50 new jobs are created at Ineos in Grangemouth.

An artist's impression of the Stenhousemuir redevelopment is released by developers MacDonald Estates as they submit a detailed planning application for the scheme.

A survey of local businesses found 78% thought it was a better place to do business than three years ago. 70% believed the My Future's in Falkirk initiative had a positive impact.

2007

The Antonine Wall is chosen as the UK's choice for World Heritage Status. The bid is being put forward to UNESCO.

Results of consultation with Grangemouth residents about their town identified two priority areas for action - shopping facilities and the state of town centre buildings.

Developers have ploughed more than £750 million of investment into the Falkirk area since the launch of My Future's in Falkirk, far exceeding the predicted figure of £200 million when the initiative was launched.

Work starts on the £15 million redevelopment of Stenhousemuir town centre.

Fasco announced plans for a state of the art distribution hub at Earls Gate Park, where they would become the first tenants.

The Bo'ness foreshore and harbour regeneration scheme is listed 34th in Regeneration and Renewal's Top 100 regeneration projects.

The Helix is awarded £25 million from Big Lottery Fund's Living landmarks programme – Scotland's biggest award.

2008

Falkirk is rated in the top 10 happiest places in the UK following research by the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester.

Population of the Falkirk area increased by 5% to over 150,000, well above the national average.

The Falkirk Wheel is listed in the top 10 Scottish tourist attractions in research conducted by VisitScotland. 

Developing Grangemouth's transport infrastructure and upgrading the Avon Gorge are both made priorities by the Scottish Government after successful campaigning on the importance of Grangemouth to the Scottish economy.

Falkirk hosted the Royal National Mod in October 2008.

The new library in Stenhousemuir opens to the public.

The Antonine Wall is awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO.

2009

The Hippodrome cinema in Bo'ness re-opens after being lovingly refurbished in keeping with the pre-art deco style of this 1912 building.

The Young Ambassadors pilot project is launched to train 115 primary 6 pupils in the Larbert area to become ambassadors for the My Future's in Falkirk initiative.

Work is started to review the progress of My Future's in Falkirk to date and to identify future projects

Jim Mather MSP visits Falkirk to hold a mind mapping session on the future of Falkirk with members of the local business community.

2010

The review of My Future's in Falkirk is completed, resulting in the launch of a new document My Future's in Falkirk – the Way Forward (PDF, 1.2MB)| and a revamped website. 

Falkirk is crowned the most enterprising place in Scotland in the Scottish heat of the Enterprising Britain awards.

The My Future's in Falkirk Young Ambassadors are a huge hit when they perform their play at various events throughout the year including teacher training, the Falkirk Business Panel and the Making the Connection event.  

A new tourism leaflet promoting the Falkirk area is launched and distributed throughout Scotland and the North of England.

The completion of the redevelopment in Stenhousemuir is celebrated with the unveiling of public art piece, the Heart of Stenhousemuir.