Applications are open for individuals in the private and third sectors to join the Regional Enterprise Council (REC) for the Edinburgh & 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, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, 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 covered by the Deal can apply for the REC. The role of the Council is to advise the decision-making body, the Joint Committee, on aspects of the Deal. Members will support the implementation of the Deal and provide a consensus from their sector based on their industry knowledge. Appointed individuals will engage with their own networks to help capture a wide range of views and champion the Deal nationally and internationally to encourage investment opportunities. 

East Lothian Council Leader Willie Innes said: “Regional Enterprise Council members will support the delivery of the Deal, which will bring millions of pounds of investment to East Lothian and the wider area, including the Edinburgh Innovation Park joint project between the council and Queen Margaret University. I hope as many people as possible who are passionate about East Lothian and its future development will come forward as it’s vitally important that East Lothian has a strong voice at the table to ensure the City Deal projects are designed to properly meet the needs of our communities.”” 

The REC will comprise 12 members and will be representative of 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 http://www.acceleratinggrowth.org.uk/rec

Published: Wednesday, 22nd August 2018