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Scottish Enterprise (SE) works closely with industry, business and the public sector to encourage economic growth by being involved in a number of regional partnerships across the country.

These partnerships have come together around city region/growth deals. Some of them have been agreed on, and others are under development and in negotiation with the Scottish and UK Governments. Each of the partnerships are different. They operate within a single area or across a number of local authority areas.

Aberdeen City Region (Aberdeen City and Shire)

SE is represented on the Aberdeen City Region Deal (ACRD) Governance structure through its participation and involvement in the ACRD Programme Board and Senior Officers’ Group. This group is responsible for overseeing delivery of the region’s economic strategy. SE is also represented on Opportunity North East, a private sector led body set up to identify and maximise economic opportunities for the region.

Edinburgh City Region (Edinburgh, Fife, West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian and Scottish Borders)

SE will be a member of the Regional Business Leadership Council as part of the governance arrangements to deliver on the Edinburgh City Region Deal. The group will have a private sector chair, a number of private sector members, and public sector representation from SE and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  The remit for this group will be agreed in early 2018.

Tay City Region (Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross and North East Fife)

SE takes part in the governance structure set up to deliver on the Tay Cities Deal, which is currently in negotiation with the Scottish and UK Governments. SE is represented on the joint committee, which will oversee the delivery of Tay Cities Deal and on its management group. SE will also provide guidance and action on projects and governance. As a participant of the Officers’ Group, SE will also oversee the day-to-day running of the City Deal as it develops. SE is also involved in the region’s business forum through its membership of the Tay Cities Enterprise Executive and Enterprise Forum.

The West of Scotland

The West of Region operates across three economic geographies - the Clyde Valley, Ayrshire and Argyll and Bute. In Argyll and Bute, SE currently has responsibility for Helensburgh and Lomond. There are three City/Growth Deals within this area. The Glasgow City Region Deal was the first deal in Scotland to be agreed and is being implemented. The Ayrshire Growth and Argyll and Bute Rural Growth Deals are under development and in negotiation with the Scottish and UK Governments.

Glasgow City Region (Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North and South Lanarkshire, West and East Dunbartonshire)

SE is a member of the Glasgow City Region (GCR) Economic Delivery Group, which is a sub-group of the GCR governance structure. The GCR governance structure has responsibility for the enterprise and economic growth portfolio. The group members are directors of economic development for each of the constituent local authorities, along with representatives of Scottish Government and the UK government.

Ayrshire (North, South and East Ayrshire)

SE has been involved in developing the Ayrshire Growth Deal. SE is also involved with the steering group and the programme management office.

Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute Council are at the early stages of discussion with the UK and Scottish Governments on the development of a Rural Growth Deal. A governance structure for taking this forward is being formed and SE will be represented on the Argyll and Bute Rural Growth Deal Steering Group.

South of Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders)

As a consequence of the Enterprise and Skills Review the Scottish Government is establishing a South of Scotland Enterprise Agency. SE is also involved with the interim South of Scotland Economic Partnership, which was formed to establish the agency.

Stirling and Clackmannanshire

The Scottish and UK Governments have committed to a Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Deal and a final business case is being developed. SE has participated in a number of workshops in the development of the City Deal and have helped the development of specific business cases in support of the deal. They will be involved with future governance arrangements.


Falkirk Council are developing a Falkirk Growth Deal, drawing on past work developing the Grangemouth Investment Zone. SE have taken part in the process of developing and prioritising initial projects and are supporting the preparation of detailed business cases. Their role in supporting delivery of any approved deal has not been agreed yet.

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