Council welcomes growth deal funding

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Argyll and Bute could lead the world through innovation in business sectors such as marine science, a leading councillor has said.

It follows the £300 million of new growth deal funding that new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to spend on Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland during his UK tour this week.

Following the news that Argyll and Bute are to get a share of the cash, council leader Aileen Morton said: ‘We have worked hard to develop and promote a rural growth deal that will transform Argyll and Bute’s natural resources into long term success for the area, and into drivers for growth in the UK and Scottish economies.

‘We are ambitious for Argyll and Bute, and we have strong local backing for this deal.

‘It  is in everyone’s interest that rural Scotland thrives. Momentum is clearly building to deliver our bid, and with it the area’s hopes and expectations.

‘We look forward to working further with the UK and Scottish Governments to deliver this rural growth deal to Argyll and Bute.’

The bid comprises 16 different projects that would bring together local and national organisations, as well as public and private sector agencies, to transform Argyll and Bute’s economy.

Councillor Gary Mulvaney, depute leader added: ‘Investment could see Argyll and Bute lead the world through innovation in business sectors such as marine science. It could develop key routes to market for our world-renowned food and drink produce. It could bring the people and talent we need for our future.’