Moray Growth Deal: Update bulletin four


Following on from the success of City Deal bids for Aberdeen and Inverness, Moray Economic Partnership engaged with Scottish Futures Trust in the summer of 2016 to explore the potential for a similar initiative for the Moray area. Since then the deal has progressed in liaison with key stakeholders and with guidance from both UK and Scottish Government.

This bulletin is the fourth in a series designed to appraise the public on progress with the Moray Growth Deal.  Recent activity is summarised below.


Since the previous update a lot of work has taken place behind the scenes to develop outline business cases for proposed projects within the deal. We have continued to liaise with officials from both governments and with Scottish Futures Trust to ensure that these cases are presented in the best possible way.

Our initial deal proposal was submitted to both governments on 9th March but we are continuing to work up further proposals in advance of any negotiations. You will be aware that all areas of Scotland are now in the process of submitting proposals for Growth Deals so over the next few months we will be working hard to ensure that the Moray deal is recognised at Westminster and Holyrood as important for the whole of the North of Scotland.

As previously mentioned, it is important that we maintain the profile of Moray’s proposal and that politicians and business leaders continue to lobby strongly on our behalf and we will shortly be launching our Business Assembly to help steer and promote the Moray deal. We are also asking all businesses in the area to sign up to show support using this link;

Progress since last update

  • Initial SOC’s submitted to both governments for consideration
  • Businesses approached regarding interest in being part of Business Assembly
  • My Moray website restructured

Targets for next stage

  • Complete SOC for additional projects
  • Receive feedback from governments on initial business cases
  • Lobby for ministerial support to enable negotiation on Heads of Terms to begin
  • Formally launch Business Assembly

Key risks

UK Treasury Budget announcement – the UK Government announced its budget commitment to regional growth deals in November; the announcement made no reference to Moray. Although we continue to target an early conclusion we are aware that governments may have capacity issue processing the number of deals being submitted in Scotland.

Risk mitigation

We will continue to work hard to provide government with compelling business cases for the proposed projects and now that our submission is in we need to galvanise support for Moray’s deal politically using all stakeholders.

Recent highlights

  • Strategic Outline Cases submitted

Key Contacts

Programme Board

  • Rhona Gunn (SRO), Moray Council
  • Jim Grant, Moray Council
  • Gordon Sutherland, Moray Council
  • Donna Chisholm, Highlands & Islands Enterprise
  • Steven Hutcheon, 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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