Moray Growth Deal – Update bulletin six

Highlights We have the green light! Following a host of ministerial visits over the past few weeks, on a trip to the area on Friday 28th September Liz Truss, MP and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, formally invited the Moray Growth Deal team to bid for a growth deal for Moray. This is the indication we have been waiting for and will allow us to engage with UK Government policy advisors and allow them to catch up with their counterparts in…

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Liz Truss announcement welcomed

The Moray Growth Deal bid team has been officially invited to bid for a growth deal for Moray today, 28th September 2018, by Liz Truss, MP and Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Liz Truss gave the green light today whilst meeting with local business leaders in Moray and visiting the new Macallan distillery and visitor centre. Speaking about the prospect of securing a growth deal for Moray, she said: “The UK Government is backing Scotland by committing more than £1…

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Further support of the Moray Growth Deal bid

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay was in Moray this week to see progress on the construction of Elgin Business Park and voice his backing of Moray’s bid for £200 million of growth deal funding. Full details of Derek Mackay’s visit can be read in the Press & Journal here. Also present was Sandy Adam, Chairman of Springfield Properties, one of the many business leaders who has been supportive of the Moray Growth Deal bid. We recently spoke with Sandy to get his…

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Moray Growth Deal – Update bulletin five

Highlights Since the last update things have developed at pace to progress the deal. It was particularly pleasing to be able to welcome the Secretary of State for Scotland (David Mundell) to Moray in April this year in order for him to hear about our proposals first-hand and talk to local business leaders regarding their support for the deal. Mr Mundell commented on the professional approach taken to date and said it presented a “compelling submission”. Since the visit Douglas…

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Moray Growth Deal Business Assembly meets for the first time in Rothes

Influential Moray business leaders supporting the Moray Growth Deal held their inaugural meeting on Wednesday. The Moray Growth Deal Business Assembly, formed to provide an interface between public sector and the local business community, met at Forsyths HQ in Rothes. The former managing director of Gordon & MacPhail, Michael Urquhart, is chair of the Assembly which brings together businesses from a cross section of Moray, both in terms of their size and sector. Speaking about the meeting, Michael Urquhart said:…

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Scottish and UK Government officials to meet with Moray Growth Deal team in Edinburgh

The Moray Growth Bid team heads to Edinburgh next week to meet Scottish and UK government officials. The meeting and workshops will look at the Growth Deal proposals and plan the next steps to help governments progress the bid. Stephen White, head of place-based economic development at the Scottish Government, will lead the meeting. This will be the first opportunity that the team leading the bid for the Moray Growth Deal will have had to present the projects in person…

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Progress on Moray Growth Deal bid as meeting set with Chancellor of Exchequer

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has said the UK Government is aiming for ‘progress’ on the Moray Growth Deal, as a meeting is set up with Moray MP Douglas Ross to discuss the bid for the multi-million pound deal. The meeting, proposed by Douglas Ross, will convey the benefits the Growth Deal could bring to the region. These benefits include the recently announced Cultural Quarter, Moray College UHI Hubs and Industry 4.0 Hub. Commenting on the upcoming meeting with the…

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Triggering a fourth industrial revolution in Moray

Plans to create a Moray based industry Hub to act as a focal point for process and production efficiency across the North of Scotland have been shared this week. This is a significant project within the bid for a Moray Growth Deal and aims to support one of the most important sectors for Moray. With more than one in every six jobs in Moray based in manufacturing, it’s essential that businesses in this sector stay up to date with developments…

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Ambitious for Moray

I am, and always have been, ambitious for Moray. I buck the now all too familiar trend in that I returned to Moray to work after I graduated. I’m ambitious for Moray and keen to make our vision for Moray a reality. We all need to be ambitious for Moray and think beyond our doorstep. To stem the brain drain of our young people leaving we need to get the right education offering. One of the best things about putting…

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