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Lord Duncan on the trail of Ayrshire Growth Deal

Posted on 19 October 2018

Lord Duncan, Minister for Scotland, has visited multiple sites across Ayrshire to discuss proposals for an Ayrshire Growth Deal.

Each of the proposed projects visited draws on Ayrshire’s economic strengths and potential, while also helping to transform local communities and spread prosperity across the entire region.

During his tour of Hunterston, Lord Duncan met with representatives from Peel Ports,  North Ayrshire Council and Strathclyde University to explore the potential within the site as the team explained how fresh investment and a redeveloped facility would create high-value jobs in a variety of sustainable, and technological industries.

In Kilmarnock, Lord Duncan met representatives from East Ayrshire Council and the business community and discussed both the development of a National Energy Research Centre and the Advanced Manufacturing Investment Corridor.

In Prestwick, Lord Duncan visited BAE Systems – a key partner in the existing aerospace cluster around Glasgow Prestwick Airport – where he heard more on the plans for aerospace and space innovation and expansion, including proposals for the UK’s first spaceport for horizontal space launch.  South Ayrshire Council and representatives from the aerospace industry talked through the benefits this would bring to people, businesses and communities.

Finishing the day in Ayr, Lord Duncan also took the opportunity to hear about plans for regenerating the town centre along with the town’s entry into the Great British High Street.

Following the day’s meetings Lord Duncan said:

“It’s fantastic to see and hear about so many ambitious plans for unlocking Ayrshire’s potential. Ayrshire has a huge amount to offer, from manufacturing to life sciences, to tourism and space.

“I want to see a Growth Deal that is inclusive and enriches the whole of Ayrshire and it’s clear from today that there are real opportunities to bring transformative investment to achieve just that.

“The UK Government has already committed £3.5m to the HALO Kilmarnock project and I am determined to see a wider Ayrshire Growth Deal become a reality.”

Earlier this year Prime Minister Theresa May visited Ayrshire and announced the UK Government was formally beginning talks on delivering an ambitious package of investment for the region.