Ayrshire Growth Deal

After kindly agreeing to my request for an Ayrshire Growth Deal reception, the Secretary of State for Scotland will be hosting this meeting next week. It will bring together the Chief Executives and Leaders from the local councils, business leaders and local MPs to discuss the deal and how we can keep the momentum. Ahead of this, I asked a question today to the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who assured me of continuing progress in the coming weeks. I also met with Mr Clark this week to discuss the deal in detail. I feel very strongly that the Growth Deal will provide a great many benefits to the residents of Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock and I will do all I can to ensure the minimum obstacles to its success.