The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Christmas message from Cathy Jamieson,
MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley

“Looking ahead to 2008 there are real
opportunities for businesses in Ayrshire.”

“Looking ahead to 2008 there are real opportunities for businesses in Ayrshire. Larger-scale national and international businesses continue to make a huge contribution to Ayrshire’s economy, and I have been working to ensure that they receive the support they need from government.

“The Scottish Government has announced major changes to Scottish Enterprise, to be implemented in the coming months. I am concerned that the new government has already cut Scottish Enterprise’s annual funding, as well as funding for Innovation and Investment, including Regional Selective Assistance.

“Many of our local businesses are small, and often family run, and I know the challenges they face. It’s important to remember the crucial role they play in the Ayrshire economy, providing employment and vital services in many of our smaller towns and villages.

“Continuing regeneration of our town and village centres is vital to supporting existing businesses, as well as encouraging new ventures. Clean, attractive town and village centres with modern facilities are essential if we want to see people opting to live, work and shop locally.

“Improvements to transport must also remain high on the agenda, with a renewed focus on improving major road and rail links. This will be vital to assist businesses to develop, as well as ensuring people can take up job opportunities across Ayrshire. It will also be key to supporting tourism, particularly as we must make the most of the opportunities in 2009 Year of Homecoming.

“Along with my colleagues in the Scottish Parliament, I will continue to make the case for Ayrshire, and look forward to working to highlight what Ayrshire has to offer.

“I would like to wish all of the readers of Ayrshire Scotland Business News a happy Christmas and a successful 2008.”

[Cathy Jamieson was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, and in 2001 she was appointed Minister for Education and Young People. Following the 2003 election she was appointed Justice Minister and held this post until May 2007 when the administration changed. She is currently Deputy Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament.]

Cathy Jamieson’s Scottish Parliament web page

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