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HIE to step up support for Argyll and Bute growth

04 March 2015

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is increasing its resources in Argyll by recruiting a new head of special projects.

The senior level post will provide new impetus and focus for the organisation’s involvement in partnership projects aimed at achieving population and economic growth in the area.

The two-year appointment follows the Argyll and Bute Planning Partnership’s economic summit in October 2014.
This brought together a wide range of stakeholders to consider the issues of population growth and economic success for the area. Argyll and Bute is the only local authority area in the Highlands and Islands region that saw a fall in population between 2001 and 2011 and this is forecast to continue.

Douglas Cowan, HIE area manager for Argyll and the Islands, said:

“Economic growth and supporting a growing population are the main priorities of the Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership and we are fully engaged in that process. There are many factors which impact on the success of the area and the main purpose of this post is to work with our partners to develop and deliver new initiatives and projects that will help transform the Argyll economy.

“While population decline is a concern in parts of Argyll, there are signs of growth pressure in some of our towns and rural areas. Turnover among the businesses we work with here continues to grow and exporting is on the increase. Unemployment in and around Dunoon and Bute has also fallen recently and there is continuing interest from existing and potential inward investors.”

Closing date for applications for the head of special projects post is 15 March.

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