Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council and Prof Martin Tangney OBE, President of Celtic Renewables
Local businesses in the central belt are being called on to help reshape the Forth Valley economy for the 21st century.
They were invited to take part in “Revitalising the Forth Valley Region”, an event to kick-start the development of a new Regional Economic Strategy (RES) that could prove transformational for the area. The Strategy will combine the economic expertise of the public, private and social sectors, to drive improvements in productivity through innovation and promote sustainable, inclusive economic growth.
The event attracted speakers from prominent companies drawn from across the Forth Valley, including; INEOS, ADL, Codebase, Diageo and Celtic Renewables, as well as input from Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling Council Leaders and prominent figures from academia and the Scottish Government.
A new Regional Economic Partnership will be established to oversee the development and delivery of the RES combining the expertise of all three councils and other public sector institutions, including both Forth Valley College and the University of Stirling, with a number of world-leading private sector companies.
The RES is being launched from a position of strength with significant infrastructure investment through the multi-million pounds already secured for the Stirling & Clackmannanshire City Region Deal and Falkirk’s Growth Deal delivering a range of projects which will act as the building blocks for inclusive growth.