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Supporting and diversifying Moray’s economy

October 2012

Driving sustainable economic growth across Moray

Annual Review In March 2011 an economic response plan was developed in consultation with Moray’s Community Planning Partnership (MCPP) and launched by the Scottish Government to gear up the economy for the following 12 months. A Board was set up called the Moray Economic Partnership (MEP) to lead on a joined up response to the economic challenges facing the area. Its aim was to build on the strong relationships which had developed between the private, public and voluntary sectors during the public campaign to save RAF Lossiemouth and to get a fair deal for those affected by the change of use of the Kinloss base.

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Moray Economic Strategy

The views of private business and the community have been central to the MEP’s activities. Discussions with representatives of the Food and Drink, Life Sciences, Engineering, Creative, Construction and Tourism sectors of the economy have highlighted opportunities and constraints for growth and diversification. Activities have been targeted to fit within the framework of twin strategies which were being developed for the area, the ‘Moray Economic Strategy’ and ‘Elgin – City for the Future’. These strategies, which have been going through public consultation and a dialogue with the Moray business community were commissioned by the MCPP. They are to be combined into one document and action plan and will underpin Moray’s economic development for the foreseeable future. The current Board membership brings together Moray Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Moray College, NHS Grampian, the Moray Chamber of Commerce, Skills Development Scotland, HItrans and support from the Scottish Government. Many other local organisations are involved at a practical level, including some from neighbouring areas like Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future

Calendar of Achievement The following is a calendar overview of some of the activities demonstrating where partnership working has benefited the area.

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Welcome Business expansion; new investors; retraining opportunities; new jobs; and support for families affected by the changes at Moray’s military bases. These are just some of the results delivered by bringing together businesses, community groups and public agencies in a partnership focused on developing the Moray economy. Millions of pounds have been invested over the 18 months by these partners to develop and deliver ambitious projects for the area’s future. Stay up to date with the MEP’s work across Moray at or follow us on Facebook.



December 2010 • Moray College and Skills Development Scotland receive £300,000 from the Scottish Government to support re-training in Moray

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March 2011

April 2011

• Economic Response Plan is launched

• Work commences on the £86million flood alleviation scheme in Elgin, due for completion 2015.

• Energy recruitment fair is held in Moray bringing together employers and those looking to retrain in the energy field.

January 2011 July 2011

• One of the most successful practical examples of partnership working to provide community support is the creation of the Work Club. Established at RAF Kinloss on 31st January 2011, it supports the RAF and civilian personnel at risk of redundancy. A group of pro-active service personnel, civil servants and contractors on the base formed themselves into a self help group known as the Kinloss Skills Partnership [KSP] and they worked with members of the Moray Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE), in particular Skills Development Scotland [SDS] and Jobcentre Plus, to set up the facility. •

By March 2012, the Work Club had 804 members. Most were from RAF Kinloss but new members joined from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Leuchars as well as some from the Army, and most recently family members of 39 Engineer Regiment who are being transferred to the Kinloss site. Many share a wish to find employment which will enable them to continue to live in the Moray / Highland area once they leave their current employment.

• Engineering firm FirScot Ltd announces an expansion of its Forres operation with support from HIE of £193,000

September 2011 • MEP sign Economic Charter endorsed by Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney.

• Moray College launches an educational and training needs assessment with local employers.

• Moray College and SDS announce that hundreds of applications have been made for retraining opportunities.

Medical diagnostics company AccuNostics secures £4m investment and selects Forres as the base to grow its international life sciences business. It is supported with a £1.5m package from HIE.

• Moray Council approves £12million plans for a distributor road and infrastructure improvements in West Elgin

Caption: Pictured here (left to right) Minister for Parliamentary Business Bruce Crawford, Cabinet Secretary John Swinney and MEP chairman Jim Royan



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November 2011 •

MOD confirms the move of 39 Regiment to Kinloss. The Partnership puts procedures in place to support a smooth transition both for those at the base and by engaging direct with the Regiment.

MEP brings together businesses across a range of sectors to feed information into the Moray Economic Strategy on what is needed to stimulate growth.

December 2011 •

International business services company Atos announces it is to create a base in Moray with the creation of 50 high value jobs. HIE and its international arm, Scottish Development International, worked with the company to attract the inward investment and its development is being supported with £1m public sector package.

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March 2012 • An Inward Investment Strategy is launched highlighting key opportunities for the area including in digital health, engineering for energy, high end food production, business services and hotel provision. From this HIE has developed a range of business focused information about the sectors for potential inward investors. • HIE announces a £350,000 funding package for international business outsourcing company Capita to train more than 140 new employees in Moray. •

Moray Chamber of Commerce launches the Mentoring Feeder Unit (MFU) - a new initiative providing assistance to start up businesses. Business Mentoring is aimed at growing businesses and can provide support through one to one mentoring. It is a partnership between HIE, Scottish Chambers of Commerce and Highlands and Islands Partnership Programme.

April 2012 •

A £320 million investment package spanning the next decade is unveiled by Moray Council. The 10 year capital plan could see a replacement for Elgin High School as well as major road and harbour improvements.

• Family run Moray business Forsyths Ltd announces its largest investment to date to expand manufacturing facilities at Rothes. HIE supports the multi-million expansion with almost £500,000, which will create 25 specialist jobs, see a significant increase in turnover and support the continued development of the company’s international presence over the next three years.

• A 10 hectare site at the Enterprise Park Forres is selected by the Scottish Government as an Enterprise Area site for Life Sciences. The status brings incentives and actions to stimulate investment including: business rate discounts worth up to £275,000 per business; new streamlined planning protocols across all sites; skills and training support; and an international marketing campaign to promote the sites. •

Close collaboration between SDS, Oil and Gas sector representatives and the Kinloss base on matching skills leads to the development of a very successful training programme for potential drillers targeted at RAF personnel in Moray.

• Two new schools, a primary in Keith and secondary in Elgin, are completed. • NHS Grampian joins the MEP Board.



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May 2012

• Work starts on the construction of a £6.5m, three floor Life Sciences Centre at Moray College UHI in Elgin which will carry the name of the esteemed Scottish inventor, Alexander Graham Bell. The project, being funded by HIE, Moray College UHI and NHS Grampian is a major step forward in the area’s ambition to lead the way in developing digital technologies to create unique health services which will improve the lives of patients across the world.

Scottish Consortium on Digital Health and Enterprise is held in Moray. Event brings together industry leaders and NHS clinicians to look at how technology can be used in practice.

• The Digital Moray Partnership wins cash support in two out of four nationally selected bids for funding from the UK Government. The ‘DALLAS’ scheme (Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyle At Scale) will support two projects piloting technology to support patient care.

The 2012 Speyside Whisky Festival records a significant increase in ticket sales. Organisers reported a notable increase in visitors to Speyside and the wider Moray area over the Festival period, and received extremely positive feedback from participants.

Additional key actions across the period have included: • Extending Business Gateway in Moray to help aid new business start-ups and the expansion of existing businesses • Business Gateway and the Federation of Small Businesses establish lunch and learn sessions to support business networking • Building relationships with the MOD’s land agents the DIO to ensure best use is made of any excess assets at the Kinloss base for business redevelopment • Throughout 2011 and 2012 SDS has produced a weekly Media Monitor for the North region which summarises job gains and losses in the area • The partnership has worked together to consult the community on the development of the Moray Economic Strategy and Elgin City of the Future strategies • A commitment by partners to examine their processes and priorities to ensure decisions which accelerate business and economic development can be made as quickly as possible and at minimum cost to applicants, developers, and businesses • A co-ordinated approach for communication of partnership activities supports marketing and promotion of Moray • Moray business directory is developed



June 2012 • The Scottish Government announces a £120m package to support the roll out of next generation broadband across the Highlands and Islands Region. HIE is in negotiation with BT around a contract to deliver a reliable service across the whole of the Highlands and Islands. • Partners enter the final stages of delivering the Moray Economic Strategy and Elgin City of the Future. This involves incorporating consultation feedback and developing a plan for action to enable communities to deliver projects which will make a difference to their social and economic futures.

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Private Business Investment Over the same timeframe as this review there has also been significant private investment from businesses based in Moray. Projects include • Diageo announced plans for a £6m state of the art bioenergy plant at the Glenlossie Distillery complex. The new plant near Elgin builds on Diageo’s investment in renewable energy at the Roseisle distillery. • Walkers Shortbread announced plans to expand factory faciltites at their Aberlour plant, creating in the region of 60 jobs. •

Work began on the £60.5 million biomass plant in Rothes. The Helius CoRDe venture, being delivered by a partnership of the major Speyside distillers, will use by-products to generate enough electricity to power 9,000 homes.

July 2012 • RAF Kinloss marks the end of an era as the base is handed over to the Army and becomes Kinloss Barracks. The Army’s 39 Engineer Regiment officially take over the base, which has been home to the RAF since 1939. • A £9.5m economic stimulus package is announced by the Scottish Government for the Enterprise Park – Forres. The funding will allow HIE to accelerate infrastructure works including roads and buildings. • One in five of the residents in Tomintoul and Glenlivet signs up for a new community development trust. HIE, Moray Council, the Cairngorm National Park Authority and the Crown Estate support their initiative by providing funding to employ a development officer for three years to allow the area to drive forward its own economic priorities.

August 2012 • HIE approved £1.5m in loan funding to support an expansion by Baxters of facilities at its Fochabers factory. The new food unit is helping accommodate production of the company’s future Fray Bentos range. Baxters acquired Fray Bentos at the end of last year, in a move that is creating between 100 and 125 jobs locally. • As part of the Moray Skills & Training plan, partners Skills Development Scotland, Moray College and Jobcentre Plus hold an open day for a sector based work academy being developed in response to the investment by Capita into Moray. This academy initiative will seek to provide training, work experience and employment for 20 people. • The first of the printed guides highlighting Moray’s community services and facilities produced by Moray Council is presented to new residents at Kinloss Barracks.

The way forward The Community Planning Partnership brings together Moray Council, HIE, NHS Grampian, Grampian Police and Fire Services, Moray College and Third Sector Interface. As well as finalising the strategies for economic development a Single Outcome Agreement has been reached between the various bodies to reflect the spirit of partnership working. In order to create and sustain a better quality of life and opportunity for all Moray citizens it has established an agreement to work towards the following outcomes:1. Healthier citizens 2. More ambitious and confident children and young people able to fulfil their potential 3. Adults living healthier, sustainable independent lives safeguarded from harm 4. A growing and diverse economy 5. Employability and employment skills The partners are continuing to review the best ways to ensure that Moray benefits from the best possible partnership working with its partners and also with those working in the wider community.

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MEP newsletter - October 2012  

MEP newsletter - October 2012