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City Region Deals

City Region Deals are agreements between the Scottish Government, the UK Government and local government designed to bring about long-term strategic approaches to improving regional economies. They are implemented by regional partners and overseen by the Scottish City Region Deal Delivery Board.

Each deal is tailored to its city region, reflecting its individual economic strengths and weaknesses, and comprises a programme of interventions to support positive, transformative change.

We develop and deliver these interventions in collaboration with partners drawn from the broader public sector, such as Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland, as well as from businesses, colleges and universities.

We are committed to 100% coverage of Scotland by City Region and Growth Deals.

Current deals

Glasgow City Region Deal

We are contributing £500 million to the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal Infrastructure Investment Fund over 20 years.

The regional partners estimate that the overall investment of £1.13 billion will deliver around 29,000 jobs in the region and attract around £3.3 billion of private sector investment.

Considerable progress has been made since the Glasgow deal was signed in 2014. Several projects have been completed, including the world-leading Imaging Centre of Excellence at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. Others are under construction, such as the regeneration of Sighthill and the Avenues project, which is improving public realm around the city.

Find out more about the Glasgow City Region Deal.

Aberdeen City Region Deal

We committed to invest up to £125 million to the Aberdeen City Region Deal, supplemented by up to £44 million committed by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, and other local partners.

The 10-year deal aims to encourage investment in innovation, internationalisation, digital connectivity, and infrastructure across the region.

Projects successfully delivered to date include the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, which has just celebrated its second year of operation. Building work is also due to begin shortly on the Bio-Therapeutic Hub for Innovation. The Hub will be based on the Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen and help to bring forward the next generation of medical therapies and products.

Alongside the deal, we are committed to invest a further £254 million in the North East over the same timeframe. This will deliver improved transport and broadband networks, and local housing programmes.

Read the news story from November 2016.

Read the 2018 annual report for Aberdeen

Find out more about the Aberdeen City Region Deal.

Inverness and Highland City Region Deal

We have committed up to £135 million to the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal. The UK Government has committed up to £53 million, supplemented by up to £127 million from the Highland council and regional partners over 10 years.

Regional partners estimate that this £315 million package could attract an additional £800 million of investment by the private sector.

The deal will support improvements to the region's digital connectivity, digital healthcare, skills, innovation and infrastructure, with the aim of stimulating long-term productivity and economic growth.

Progress has already been made with a number of projects. For example, the first 15 Fit Homes developed in Dalmore, Alness were completed in April 2018 and are now occupied. These technology-enabled homes provide independent living for elderly residents and military veterans who might otherwise have to remain in hospital or enter care.

The first 16 affordable homes aimed at young people were also completed at Raining’s Stairs, Inverness in October 2018.  Further sites are being built at Glendoe Terrace, Inverness and in Drumnadrochit, Fort William, Ullapool and Munlochy.

Read the news story from January 2017.

Read the 2018 annual report for Inverness and Highlands

Find out more about the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal.

Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal

Both we and the UK Government have committed up to £45.1 million each towards the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal. Regional partners will match this investment with up to £123.8 million, resulting in a deal worth over £214 million.

Regional partners estimate that over the next 10 to 15 years these interventions will unlock private investment worth in excess of £640 million, delivering over 5,000 new jobs across a wide range of sectors in the City Region.

We have also committed a further £5 million investment into the region, which will support the delivery of enabling infrastructure for Phase One of a new Business Park at Kildean and support the next stage of development of proposed new enabling infrastructure at Callander. This has the potential to deliver 1,500 new jobs and £275m of private sector leverage.

Read the news release on £90.2 million City Region Deal for Stirling and Clackmannanshire

Read the news release on the £5 million additional funding for Stirling and Clackmannanshire

Read and download the Stirling and Clackmannanshire city region deal: Heads of Terms agreement

Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal

We and the UK Government have each committed £300 million to the deal over 15 years. Regional partners - including local authorities, universities and colleges, and the private and third sectors – have also committed to invest, resulting in an  overall deal package worth more than £1.3 billion. This will deliver inclusive economic growth across the region through housing, innovation, transport, skills and culture. Our investment will contribute towards 41,000 new homes, 21,000 jobs, and improving the skills of an estimated 14,700 people.

Read the news story: Edinburgh and South East City Region Deal.

Download the full deal document and find more information on the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region deal website.

Tay Cities Region Deal

We and the UK Government have each committed up to £150 million over 10 to 15 years towards the Tay Cities Region Deal. Together with regional partners’ contribution, this deal has the potential to secure more than 6,000 jobs and attract £400 million of investment.

The overall deal seeks to transform the region by focusing on inclusion, innovation, internationalisation, connectivity and empowerment. 

Read the news release: Tay Cities Region Deal: Heads of Terms Agreement 

Read the news: Tay Cities additional investment