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I am, and always have been, ambitious for Moray. I buck the now all too familiar trend in that I returned to Moray to work after I graduated. I’m ambitious for Moray and keen to make our vision for Moray a reality.

We all need to be ambitious for Moray and think beyond our doorstep. To stem the brain drain of our young people leaving we need to get the right education offering. One of the best things about putting together a bid for the Moray Growth Deal has been the collaboration between business and a broad representation from the public sector, including Moray College UHI. We all recognise we will have succeeded when a graduate can walk out of Moray College and straight into a job with a local employer. Even better if we can attract students from elsewhere to Moray College UHI to study a course that will ultimately lead to a rewarding career with a Moray business.

We must make Moray a destination. Gordon & MacPhail is an international business. Speyside whisky is an international bestseller. We want the same international reputation for Moray Speyside, the place. We want to attract visitors from far and wide and, much like our whisky, Moray has all the ingredients here to do this. The visitor experience must be cohesive from the transport to the visitor attractions to the accommodation. We all need to work together to signpost everything we have. Any improvements to the visitor experience will also be enhancing the quality of life for the people of Moray and surely that is a good thing.

I am confident the Moray Growth Deal will address both these issues. Let’s be ambitious for Moray.

Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director, Gordon & MacPhail

Read more about the Moray College UHI Hubs, which have been proposed as part of the Moray Growth Deal bid, here.

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