How Scotland Thrives – September 2019

There have several major developments in Scotland over the summer:

  • The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, Scotland’s largest has started commercial production.  As already reported on this site it is an investment of £2.5 billion and the world’s fourth largest offshore wind farm.
  • The investment by Bairds Malt of £51 million in new facilities in Arbroath and Inverness reflect the growth of our beer and whisky industries
  • DT Gen in Glasgow has secured work on the £64 million health care facility on Orkney. The firm has seen employment grown from 56 to 80 in the past year
  • The Glasgow based Weir Group has announced its largest ever order – £100 million of support to mining in Australia

Equally important for our future has been an array of sustainable development projects, some of which contribute to our low carbon agenda others to tapping into unrealised potential – a key feature of long-term contribution to the economy and society.

  • Our newly devolved Job-finding service, named Fair Start Scotland has been used by 10,000 people in its first year
  • Sanctus Media has launched WattsUp: a “range anxiety” app for drivers of electric cars to help them find the nearest high-speed charging point. The West Lothian firm developed this service with support from a Scottish Power fund
  • A £50 million centre aimed at making the UK the world’s first decarbonised  oil and gas region is to be based in Aberdeen.  The Net Zero Solutions Centre will be located at the Oil and Gas Technology Centre.
  • Social enterprises in Scotland, an increasingly important part of our society have witnessed growth of 22% in net worth over the past two years, reaching a total of £6.1 billion. Income generated grew by 17% since 2017.

David Roberts 24th September 2019

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