Grangemouth Future Industry Board minutes: April 2022

Minutes of the eighth meeting of the Grangemouth Future Industry Board on 21 April 2022.

Attendees and apologies

  • Falkirk Council
  • Forth Valley College
  • Fuel Change
  • Green Action Trust
  • Scottish Development International
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Scottish Futures Trust
  • Scottish Government
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Transport Scotland

Items and actions


The meeting covered three substantive items:

  • a presentation from the Green Freeports Team
  • agreement of the board structure and workstream priorities
  • discussion around existing stakeholder relationships

Key Board decisions/points raised at GFIB meeting 8

  • the Scottish Government’s Green Freeports team presented an overview of the bidding prospectus and the timelines for applications
  • members highlighted any potential for conflict of interest 
  • members discussed if and how GFIB should engage with the Forth Ports bid
  • the board agreed that Falkirk Council and Scottish Enterprise would be best placed to take these discussions forward
  • the board agreed to introduce monthly workstream leaders meetings alongside quarterly board meetings. It was agreed that this balance would allow for workstreams to progress delivery of their projects with quarterly reporting to the GFB board on progress
  • it was agreed that the proposed GFIB management board was not required at this time as the board was currently able to allocate the necessary resource
  • the five workstreams for the upcoming year are Just Transition and Net Zero, Grangemouth Regulatory Hub, Skills, Infrastructure, Project Development and Strategic Investment
  • board members participated in a mapping exercise prior to the meeting to identify existing stakeholder relationships across the public sector organisations with a view to streamlining the interaction with Industry on behalf of GFIB
  • Scottish Enterprise are working to strengthen the individual relationships they currently have with businesses and offered to lead on the development of a stakeholder engagement plan for GFIB

Actions summary

  • SE and FC to have a meeting on Green Freeports to identify the next steps and update the board on the agreed approach – May 2022
  • economic baseline project to be commissioned – June 2022
  • terms of reference with membership to be circulated round board members – May 2022
  • SE to develop stakeholder engagement plan for discussion at workstream leads meeting – May 2022
  • GFIB Secretariat to capture Falkirk Council Engagement with stakeholders – May 2022
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