As the review of consultation responses into Moray's economic strategy begins, the chair of Moray Economic Partnership (MEP) says the business community is vital in shaping what happens next.
The consultation period for the roadmap document closed this week, and feedback from the public meetings and from individual submissions will now be collated. A revised version will be published in the new year.
Jim Royan, Chairman of Moray Economic Partnership (MEP), says the next stage is to identify the top priorities and actions within the strategy which will deliver results.
He commented: "The strategy provides a range of opportunities for growth and diversification. Over the next few months the partnership members will speak to local business groups to hear what action they think will deliver the best results in their own sectors."
Working with the Moray Chamber of Commerce and a number of key private businesses, MEP is organising a series of small targeted events over the next six months. These will bring local businesses of all sizes together to get their views on what they think will maximise growth in their sectors. They will look at issues that affect us all like transport and infrastructure, skills, planning and funding.
"We want to hear directly from businesses what they see as opportunities and barriers to Moray's growth. Working together we can look for practical solutions which can then be fed into the activities that come out of the Moray Economic Strategy. Having the views of business people is vital in shaping the priorities. We are grateful to the local firms which have agreed they will host the first of these sessions," said Jim.
The Moray Chamber of Commerce holds its annual summit in December. This is a prime opportunity in the annual calendar for members to share their thoughts on priorities. The Chamber issues a business survey prior to the event to identify key topics and this year it will encourage feedback from businesses on the way forward.
The local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which represents over 850 entrepreneurs, has submitted its formal response to the consultation. It too is taking practical action. Working in partnership with Business Gateway it is planning a range of 'Lunch and Learn' events. The quick fire lunch time meetings will bring together a guest expert speaker and local business on topics like creating supply chain opportunities in the energy sector, business success, tourism and getting the best advice from public services.
The MEP chair concluded: "Everyone can play their part in shaping how the Moray economy develops. This includes thinking innovatively about opportunities and considering how best we invest in public and private projects to achieve the best social and economic results."
Moray Economic Partnership (MEP) is working to grow a sustainable, diversified economy in Moray.
The Partnership, that has grown out of the successful joint working experience of the Moray Task Force, brings together senior figures from:
MEP will support and diversify the economy by delivering early economic activity, aligned to the longer term aims of Moray's Economic Strategy.