Busi­ness group bids to help Ar­gyll pros­per

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.''

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