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Regional Growth Deals

Regional Growth Deals, like the 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. Growth deals are delivered by regional partnerships led by authorities working with the private sector, education and skills providers, and our enterprise and skills agencies. The aim of these collaborations is to drive inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

We have now delivered on our commitment to achieve 100% coverage of Scotland. Every region has a commitment to an agreed level of investment.

Current deals

Ayrshire Growth Deal

The Ayrshire Growth Deal was signed on November 2020 committing £103 million investment from both the Scottish Government and the UK Government. 

Regional partners will contribute an additional £45.5 million, bringing total investment to £251.5 million to deliver inclusive growth across Ayrshire. The deal has the potential to create over 7,000 new jobs and unlock £300 million of further investment from the private sector.

Scottish Government investment includes £40 million for an economic infrastructure programme which includes innovative projects around engineering, manufacturing and digital automation as well as £30 million for an Aerospace and space programme and £18.5 million for tourism and regeneration.

The delivery of themes will be framed through a community wealth building approach that harnesses assets, resources, community strength and relationships within Ayrshire to deliver improved outcomes for communities.

Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal 

The Borderlands Partnership promotes inclusive economic growth in the South of Scotland and North of England. It involves five local authorities working together. They are:

  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Scottish Borders
  • Carlisle City
  • Cumbria
  • Northumberland

The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal aims to boost economic growth across the region through an integrated collection of projects and programmes designed around local needs and priorities. The Borderlands partners (further information link) have identified four priority themes each with inclusive, sustainable growth at their core.

  • enabling infrastructure
  • improving places
  • supporting business
  • innovation and skills
  • encouraging green growth

The deal is jointly funded by Scottish and UK Governments. It will provide up to £350 million in investment for the region over the next 10 to 15 years.   This includes £85 million from the Scottish Government and £65 million from the UK Government for Scotland totalling £150 million. There is a further £200 million available for English components.  Together with local partner investment of £100 million the total value of deal investment will be £450 million.

The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal (PDF) was signed on 18 March 2021and was put into action. Regional partners have estimated that this uniquely cross-border Deal will deliver an additional 5,500 job opportunities across the area, while also generating around £1.1 billion for the UK economy. 

Moray Growth Deal

In July 2019 the Scottish and UK Governments each committed to an investment of £32.5 million in the Moray Growth Deal, a 10 year plan designed to boost inclusive economic growth across Moray.  Moray Council and partners continued to refine their proposals with feedback from Scottish Government ahead of signing the deal heads of terms agreement with the UK Government and Moray Council on 24 August 2020. This agreement sets out the specific projects and activities to be funded.

The investments we are making are significant and strategic. £12.7 million will boost the region’s appeal as a leading tourist and cultural destination; £4 million will provide more efficient and accessible green bus services tailored to rural needs; £2 million will help develop a centre for manufacturing and innovation; £5 million will create a minimum of 360 affordable homes and plots; £3.5 million will enable 3-8 year olds and their parents to take part in STEM learning; and £5.3 million will create a Business and Enterprise Hub as part of Moray College UHI.

Moray partners believe that these interventions will unlock private investment worth in excess of £200 million and deliver over 450 new jobs across a wide range of sectors.

Argyll and Bute Growth Deal

In October 2019 the Scottish and UK Governments each committed investment of up to £25 million in the Argyll and Bute Rural Growth Deal. This investment will support a range of projects designed to drive inclusive and sustainable economic growth throughout Argyll and Bute over a ten year period. 

Argyll and Bute partners have identified priority themes that they consider will have a transformative effect on the regional economy. The priority themes are: aquaculture, marine tourism, housing, skills, energy, digital connectivity, and innovation.

Deal investment will focus on connecting Argyll and Bute's high value business sectors to national and international business markets. This will attract additional skills, residents, visitors and businesses and grow benefit from the area's natural assets.

We signed the heads of terms agreement on 11 February 2021, highlighting specific projects to be funded. Argyll and Bute Council and partners have committed to a minimum of £20 million, bringing the total investment package to £70 million.

Falkirk Growth Deal

We announced a £40 million investment over ten years in the Falkirk Growth Deal in July 2020. In addition to Growth Deal investment, we have decided to invest an additional £10 million in Falkirk for green recovery projects, bringing total investment to £50 million. The Falkirk Growth Deal will seek to develop Falkirk’s ambitions for inclusive economic growth, including the opportunities unlocked from Grangemouth’s national significance as Scotland’s largest industrial site. We will continue to work with Falkirk, to agree Heads of Terms, setting out the specific projects to be funded by the deal, which will help to unlock investment and drive inclusive growth across the area.

Islands Growth Deal

In July 2020 the Scottish Government announced a £50 million investment in the Islands Growth Deal, which will unlock investment and drive inclusive and sustainable growth across Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides.  

We signed the heads of terms agreement on 17 March 2021, highlighting specific projects to be funded, with the Scottish and UK Government’s each investing £50 million into the Deal over a 10 year period. The three island authorities and their regional partners have committed a further £235 million to the deal, bringing the total investment package to £335 million.  

Our investment will support the priority themes identified by the Islands Growth Deal partners: leading the way to a low carbon future; supporting growth and future industries; and creating thriving, sustainable communities. We will invest in a number of single island authority projects including Shetland’s Ultra Deep Water Port at Dales Voe, Orkney’s World Heritage Gateway project, and the Outer Hebride’s Food and Drink Programme. We are also investing in joint-island innovation-focused proposals in the areas of low carbon technologies; creative industries and wellbeing, and skills and talent attraction. These projects will undertake activity across all three island authorities and deliver benefits across all communities.

Partners forecast the Islands Growth Deal will create over 1,300 sustainable jobs across the three island authorities.