The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 6 July 2006

Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire

sets agenda for year ahead

SCOTTISH ENTERPRISE AYRSHIRE will deliver economic development projects totalling more than £17million in the coming year.

The organisation’s key priorities include:

  • £6.4m set aside for implementation of national training programmes (e.g. Skillseekers and Modern Apprenticeships), addressing the pressing needs of key demographic groups locally.
  • £¾m investment in support for new business start-ups, with the aim of helping 600 people set up in business in the coming year.
  • £1.1m to support local companies become more active in global markets.

Major business infrastructure projects across the region will continue to benefit, including Prestwick Aerospace Business Park. Regeneration is also on the agenda with the development of Kilmarnock Town centre, Lochshore at Glengarnock and Irvine Bay. SE Ayrshire will continue work in close partnership with other local agencies to help drive these projects forward.

Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire’s commitment to tourism will continue with investment in the Burns Festival, involvement in planning the Homecoming 2009 event and a clear focus on golf and sailing as a means of widening the appeal of the region. SE Ayrshire will also make contribute to metropolitan west region planning for a dynamic coastal framework, which is expected to bring significant benefit for Ayrshire’s coastal towns and communities.

In addition to local priorities Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire will lead the development of Scotland’s aerospace sector by helping to establish new opportunities, encouraging growth and investment and assisting companies develop new markets.

Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire will also be working to ensure there is maximum benefit for Ayrshire from Scottish Enterprise’s nationally driven initiatives such as ITIs (Intermediary Technology Institutes), the Proof of Concept Fund and the R&D Plus programme. In previous years Ayrshire has led the rest of Scotland in terms of R&D Plus investment, with more funding for projects and companies than anywhere else.

Alongside this vital economic development activity, the entire Scottish Enterprise network will be looking at improved ways of working, primarily tailoring their activities to better meet the changing demands of industry. By working together with other regions and cities, Ayrshire can contribute to greater success for Scotland while also developing its own economy.

Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire Evelyn McCann chief executive said: “We have a lot happening this year, particularly with some very big projects such as the development of Irvine Bay and further work at Prestwick Aerospace Park, which we expect to bring significant benefit to these areas.

“Our commitment to delivering tailored training that meets the demands of our ‘in need’ groups remains firm and we hope to build on some of the good results we’re beginning to see. Similarly we are very keen to continue to build a strong bank of start-up businesses, as they play a very important role in our local economy, while also supporting some of the bigger local players to grow and develop either at home or internationally.”

“Looking to the future, I’m absolutely convinced of the benefits of industry-led metropolitan working, which will play to some of our key strengths, for example in tourism and aerospace, and provide Ayrshire with opportunities we haven’t had in the past.”

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