Posted on 15 January 2019
The UK Government has hosted a reception of Ayrshire Growth Deal partners including MPs, local authority leaders and businesses to discuss investment in the region.
The reception was held on 15 January and took place at Dover House, the London offices of the Secretary of State for Scotland. Speakers at the event discussed the exciting proposals that will build upon Ayrshire’s strengths.
The UK Government has committed to investing in a transformative package of support that will boost the Ayrshire economy. The proposed areas of investment include an Aerospace and Space Innovation Centre at Prestwick, along with a range of other projects designed to bring economic growth and new opportunities to people across Ayrshire.
Scotland Secretary David Mundell said: “It was a pleasure to meet Ayrshire Council leaders and other key stakeholders to discuss how together we can drive economic growth throughout the region.
“There are a huge number of opportunities for boosting jobs and prosperity in Ayrshire and the UK Government is determined to see the region’s Growth Deal become a reality and unlock this potential.”
To date the UK Government has committed more than £1.1 billion to City Region Deals right across Scotland.
The Prime Minister first announced the Ayrshire Growth Deal in March 2018. Since then UK Government officials have been working closely with the Ayrshire Growth Deal Programme Management Office and officials in the Scottish Government. Very good progress has been made, and all partners are working together to refine the project proposals.
Given the strong progress to date, the UK Government expects to be able to agree a date in the coming months for the joint signing with the Scottish Government and local partners of the ‘Heads of Terms Agreement’, which will formally set out what will be included in the Deal.