City Region Deal on the hunt for leading lights from private and third sectors

Tuesday August 14th 2018

Partners-mark-the-signing-of-the-City-Region-Deal.-Credit--David-Cheskin

Pictured at the City Region Deal signing ceremony: Midlothian Council Leader, Councillor Derek Milligan (second from right) with Prime Minister Theresa May, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, City of Edinburgh Council Leader Adam McVey (centre) and other council leaders.

Applications are open for individuals in the private and third sectors to join the Regional Enterprise Council for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

The City Region Deal is a £1.3bn investment over the next 15 years that aims to accelerate economic growth and create opportunities for citizens across the entire South East of Scotland.

The UK and Scottish Government are partnering with six local authorities (Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, Fife, Scottish Borders and West Lothian), Edinburgh’s universities and colleges and the private and third sectors to deliver the Deal.

Anyone working in the private or third sectors in the region can apply for the Regional Enterprise Council. Its role is to advise the decision-making body, the Joint Committee, on aspects of the Deal. Members will support the implementation of the programme and provide a consensus from their sector based on their industry knowledge. Appointed individuals will also engage with their own networks to help capture a wide range of views and champion the Deal nationally and internationally to encourage investment opportunities.

Midlothian Council Leader, Councillor Derek Milligan said:

“This is a great opportunity for suitably experienced representatives from the private and third sectors to help support the delivery of the City Region Deal’s ambitious plans for inclusive growth. Along with the wider region, Midlothian is set to benefit from this major investment and the Regional Enterprise Council will be a key component in helping capitalise on the opportunities the Deal creates.”

The Regional Enterprise Council will comprise 12 members representing the region’s diverse economy and demographics. All local authority areas will be represented by at least one member with significant operations in their area and individuals will come from a range of organisation sizes.

Anyone interested can apply at www.acceleratinggrowth.org.uk/rec by Friday 14 September 2018.

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