Moray task force has launched a website, www.moraytaskforce.com with key information on the team's initiatives to support the community campaign to keep the RAF in Moray.
Latest task force activities, economic and social facts and figures and help and advice for people who fear they will be affected by Ministry of Defence cuts in Moray are available.
The task force was set up at an emergency summit following the announcement by the Prime Minister that the Nimrod contract at RAF Kinloss was to be cancelled and that the future of the Tornados at RAF Lossiemouth was uncertain.
"The task force is committed to keeping the RAF in Moray. We are supporting the local campaign to retain RAF Lossiemouth and are pressing the MoD for clear information about the future of RAF Kinloss. We are also focused on supporting the Moray people and the local, national and international companies which make our region such a great place to live and do business," said the task force's Calum MacPherson of HIE.
As part of this effort the task force is offering assistance for people whose jobs will be affected. Skills Development Scotland is offering advice and guidance on re-training; searching for vacancies; applying for jobs; redundancy issues and other support aimed to help local people successfully transfer to alternative employment.
Anthony Standing, SDS area manager for Moray said: "SDS is fully committed to working with its partners to support people in Moray who may be seeking appropriate alternative employment. As part of our immediate response people can get advice and information through our locally-based Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) helpline 0808 100 1855, or by going onto our website at www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk to find out more about PACE. Alternatively people can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org "
A business line has also been set up for companies planning for the future. [08000 884 884] Information from the local business community will also help the task force build up an idea of the challenges facing the local economy.
"Whether your business is involved directly in supplying the RAF bases, or you wish to plan for potential changes to the Moray market place, please call for business planning advice on 08000 884 884. Moray has some of the strongest export businesses in Scotland, including the whisky industry which generates significant income to the UK Treasury. It has vibrant tourism, energy and life science sectors, all with ambitions to grow. We are more determined than ever to promote the social and economic advantages of the area," said Mr MacPherson.