Business group bids to help Argyll prosper
A new group will work with the business community to secure the long-term prosperity of Argyll and Bute.
Councillors on Argyll and Bute Council's environment, development and infrastructure committee agreed on June 7 to create the Argyll and Bute Business Group, which will focus on partnership working and building the economy. With work under way on a proposal to secure significant funding from the UK and Scottish governments as part of a rural growth deal − similar to the city deals announced for parts of Scotland – it is thought establishing a new business group will help make the most of the opportunities available through such a deal, as well as attracting investment and growth through other channels.
Council leader Aileen Morton, policy lead for economic development, said: ‘We already know Argyll and Bute is a wonderful place to live, work, visit and do business, and we are determined to engage with the business community for the benefit of the area and to make sure that message is heard loud and clear. The Argyll and Bute Business Group is being set up so that, working in partnership, we can make the most of the opportunities to promote the area and attract investment.
‘Most businesses in Argyll and Bute are small- and medium-sized enterprises and it's important we engage with them to ensure that, collectively, we're doing everything we can to support our thriving economy.
‘We are keen the business community plays its part in promoting the area and growing the economy and I look forward to seeing the Argyll and Bute Business Group taking shape.''