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Heads of Terms signed


Heads of terms signed

Partners in the £100 million Moray Growth Deal have gathered virtually to sign up to deliver the Heads of Terms for the agreement.

The event took place on Monday 24th August 2020 when representatives of the UK and Scottish governments joined the local council leader remotely using video conferencing software to sign up to the document in a unique event designed to enable the deal process to progress without compromising government guidance with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic, and following public health guidance to keep everyone safe.

The agreement commits both governments to work collaboratively with the partners to deliver a deal that will create transformational and inclusive growth throughout the Moray area.

HOT_GL.jpgMoray Council Leader Councillor Graham Leadbitter signing the agreement on behalf of the local Moray Growth Deal partners, watched by Rhona Gunn, the Senior Responsible Officer for the deal and Depute Chief Executive at Moray Council.

details of the agreement

The Heads of Terms outlines the support for 8 projects within the overall investment. The projects are:

  • The Moray Aerospace, Advanced Technology and Innovation Campus (MAATIC); which is exploring options collaboratively with the RAF and Boeing to create a skilled workforce for the Moray Region.
  • The Business Enterprise Hub (BEH); which will focus on education, research and co-location of business support functions in Moray to support new business start-ups, and the upscaling of existing micro businesses to develop Moray’s rural economy.
  • Early Years STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics); which will support the development of creative indoor and outdoor hubs as a means of breaking down the barriers to STEM in young people (ages 3-8), and ultimately improving on interest and participation in STEM, particularly amongst young girls to help drive a rebalancing in the regional economy.
  • Manufacturing and Innovation for Moray (MIM); that will have strong links to the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland and will support a much-needed cultural shift through innovation and modernisation across technologies and sectors over a decade. The facility will be co-located with the Moray Aerospace, Advanced Technology and Innovation Campus to maximise synergies.
  • The Cultural Quarter in Elgin; which will invest in key local assets, including the refurbishment of Grant Lodge, and the Town Hall, and investment in the region’s tourism infrastructure designed to leverage in private sector investment in a new 100 bed hotel.  This will increase the area’s cultural offering, supporting the quality of place and supporting partners’ ambition to attract and retain young talent.
  • The Bus Revolution project; which will building on the existing innovative and award-winning local authority run bus services in Moray to provide comprehensive and cohesive public transport links tailored to the region’s largely rural economy. This will include an investment in fleet numbers to increase service flexibility, adoption of low-carbon technologies, use of app-based technology to improve response times and the customer experience, and consideration of facilities such as on board Wi-Fi.
  • The Housing Mix Delivery project; which will provide an innovative approach to support national and local objectives to accelerate delivery of more homes in Moray (including affordable homes) through proactive public sector intervention to address market failure and overcome barriers, stimulating housing development in town centres, unlocking constrained sites, delivering affordable homes in rural towns and villages, and promoting pilot exemplar sustainable design and construction projects.
  • Digital Health; which will support the increasing demands and service capacity challenges on public health services. The project aims to create a dynamic and creative digital health and care cluster that will secure the provision of sustainable public services whilst creating inclusive growth through the creation of new jobs, future skills and equitable access.  This will include creation of an anchored demonstration and simulation environment (DSE) and Living Lab testbeds for the Moray region, based at Moray College.

More information on the detail of these projects will be made available on the My Moray website as the business cases are developed. You can also read the full Heads of Terms document on the website.

Next steps

Now that the initial agreement in principle (Heads of Terms) has been signed Outline Business Cases for each project need to be developed and approved by Government officials before the final deal is signed. Everyone will be working hard to ensure that we get to this next milestone as early as possible.

There will be engagement opportunities for communities and businesses during this stage in order to ensure that the developed solutions will address issues in the relevant sectors across the Moray area. Please look out for these opportunities being advertised.

Programme Governance

In order to reflect the change in the development process the programme board has been reviewed to ensure that the correct accountable people are represented including ensuring there are Board members with relevant experience to provide scrutiny and influence progress relative to community, business and youth interests.  Please see the updated list of key contacts for details.

Recent highlights

Ministers Iain Stewart MP and Michael Matheson MSP sign the Heads of Terms agreement on behalf of their respective governments

HOT_IS.pngIain Stewart MP

HOT_MM2.jpgMichael Matheson MSP

Key Contacts

Programme Board

Rhona Gunn - Programme SRO - Moray Council

Jim Grant - SRO - Cultural Quarter - Moray Council

Gary Templeton - SRO - Housing Mix Delivery - Moray Council

Stuart Black - SRO - MIM - Highlands & Islands Enterprise

George Crooks - SRO - Digital Health - Digital Health & Care Institute

Nicola Moss - SRO - Bus Revolution - Moray Council

David Patterson - SRO - MAATIC & BEH - Moray College, UHI

Jo Shirriffs - SRO – Early Years STEM -  Moray Council

Lorraine Paisey - Finance Assurance - Moray Council

Michael Urquhart - Business Assurance - Business Assembly

Alistair Kennedy - Community Assurance - Joint Community Councils

Sarah Holmes - Youth Assurance - Developing Young Workforce

Programme Manager

Dave Moreton - Moray Council

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

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