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Ayrshire wins £100m growth deal

The UK Government has announced a £100m investment in Ayrshire as part of the
growth deal.

All seven of Scotland’s cities are now covered by the deals which are
set to allocate £1.2bn across the country but Ayrshire is in the first region to benefit.

Covering the whole of the UK, the growth deal is to designed to drive economic
development and encourage inward investment. The allocation was announced by
Scots secretary David Mundell during a visit to the Halo project in Kilmarnock, an
ambitious regeneration programme project in the former Diageo bottling plant, which has received £3.5m in funding.

The Ayrshire growth deal aims to lever in a further £2bn in private investment. It will
particularly focus on employability and skills, the life and biological sciences, digital
infrastructure, manufacturing, particularly on brownfield sites, and tourism and is
designed to create 13,000 new jobs.

Specific projects will include boosting the aerospace sector at Prestwick, site of
Glasgow International Airport, the Bellfield Interchange, the Port of Ayr, the Falkland
Rail Yard in Ayr and renewable energy projects at Hunterston and Cumnock.

Brian Whittle, list MSP said: "Along with investment by the Scottish Government in
our transport network, the Ayrshire Growth Deal can supercharge the area’s
economy for the coming years."

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