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Since the last update things have developed at pace to progress the deal.


Since the last update things have developed at pace to progress the deal. It was particularly pleasing to be able to welcome the Secretary of State for Scotland (David Mundell) to Moray in April this year in order for him to hear about our proposals first-hand and talk to local business leaders regarding their support for the deal. Mr Mundell commented on the professional approach taken to date and said it presented a “compelling submission”.

Since the visit Douglas Ross MP has also had a meeting with the Chancellor of the Exchequer who reiterated the UK Governments commitment to a deal for Moray.

It is hoped that Scottish Government ministers may visit over the summer however the recent cabinet reshuffle has changed some portfolios and so new invitations will require to be issued.


Work continues in the background to develop outline business cases for proposed projects within the deal and we continue to liaise with officials from both governments and with Scottish Futures Trust to ensure that these cases are presented in the best possible way.

Following the submission of our initial Strategic Outline Cases a series of workshops were held in Edinburgh at the beginning of June, with policy advisors from Scottish Government and representation from the Scotland Office, to discuss the content and ways in which these cases might be strengthened. The programme board have considered the output from these sessions and have allocated resource to take this forward in the most effective and efficient way.

We also had the first meeting of the Business Assembly early in June and look forward to working with this representative group to ensure that relevant sections of the programme continue to address business needs as they develop.

It’s important that we are able to demonstrate support from the business community for the growth deal and so we would encourage any businesses that have not yet done so to sign up to show support using this link:

Progress since last update

  • All SOC’s submitted to both governments for consideration
  • Feedback received and workshops held to discuss
  • Business Assembly launched to guide and support the deal
  • Visit to Moray by the Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Moray Council, the Community Planning Board and Moray Economic Partnership updated on progress<

Targets for next stage

  • Business cases being enhanced with more detail
  • Lobby for ministerial support to enable formal negotiation on Heads of Terms to begin with both governments>

Key risks

Resources – there remains a risk that we continue to expend resource on business cases which ultimately may not attract government funding.

Risk mitigation

In order to mitigate this risk the programme board have adopted a pragmatic approach to further development of business cases until we are in formal negotiations with both governments.

Recent highlights

Launch of the Business Assembly.

Moray Growth Deal Business Assembly meat for the first time at Forsyths, Rothes, Moray.

Key Contacts

Programme Board

  • Rhona Gunn (SRO) – Moray Council
  • Jim Grant – Moray Council
  • Gordon Sutherland – Moray Council
  • Donna Chisholm – Highlands & Islands Enterprise
  • Andrew Stanley – Highlands & Islands Enterprise
  • Seonag Campbell – Skills Development Scotland
  • David Patterson – Moray College, UHI
  • Fraser Grieve – Scottish Council for Development & Industry
  • Alan James – Developing Young Workforce
  • Sarah Holmes – Moray Business Women

Project Manager

Dave Moreton – Moray Council


  • SOC/Strategic Outline Case – In simple terms the first stage of the business case for a project, where options are explored by relevant experts.
  • Scottish Futures Trust – infrastructure delivery company owned by Scottish Government who have advised and assisted with previous City/Region growth deals.
  • Stakeholder – anyone with an interest in the programme of work; in this case includes: the public, local businesses, councillors, MP/MSP’s etc.
  • Heads of Terms – the agreement in principle to develop detailed business cases for agreed projects.
  • Statement of Intent – document explaining the issues, progress and proposed solutions.

Business Assembly – a small group made up of members of local business community to champion the Moray Growth Deal and ensure that it is sensitive to the needs of business.

If you have any Questions or comments then please contact the Project Manager or email the Moray Council PMO at

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