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 thoughts on some of the projects proposed as part of the bid. For Sandy, having proper infrastructure is vital for the growth of the district.
In particular, a major upgrade to Moray’s gas supply pipeline which could benefit all homes and businesses.
“Moray’s industrial sector can expand by growing existing businesses and by attracting new businesses to the area. To do this we need the services infrastructure that other areas in Scotland enjoy. The proposed major upgrade to Moray’s gas pipeline is key to supporting such industrial growth. It will bring efficiencies to industrial processes such as distilling, efficiencies which companies can already find in other parts of Scotland. This improvement must come sooner rather than later.” he said.
When it comes to homes, the new pipeline would bring energy efficient mains gas to many more communities. In this day and age people expect mains gas in a new home, especially if they are moving in from another, better served area.
The £14million project to support local industries to stay ahead of advances in technology and use it to improve their operations also wins his support.
“88% of Moray businesses have less than 10 employees, there is a massive opportunity there for growth. Small businesses in particular need support to keep them up to date with the new technologies that can help them grow. The industrial hub will do that and export Moray expertise to other parts of Scotland” he said.
“Technologically things are changing fast in business and industry. It’s important that we in Moray maintain that momentum to sustain a younger workforce who expect to have the latest advances at their fingertips and are attracted by cutting edge technology.
“With support from The Growth Deal for the Industry 4.0 hub –Moray can develop as a high-tech industrial area which will help to attract people to live and work in Moray – and retain our own home-grown talent.”