With two partners in this programme, we are viewing Northern Connections INTERREG programme as great opportunity to drive forward our sustainability, innovation and transnational collaboration agendas. Falkirk Council is one of 32 Local Authorities in Scotland and Scottish Enterprise is the national economic development agency.
Both parties bring a different approach to this initiative; Falkirk Council is focused on developing the Falkirk area, which includes the Grangemouth Industrial Complex and Investment Zone whereas Scottish Enterprise has a national role, supporting businesses across the country but bringing a sectoral focus to key areas of the national economy.
The two organisations have complimentary economic development strategies, Falkirk Council’s Strategy for Growth, Investment and Inclusion is harmonised with the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy which translates into 4 key growth factors for Scottish Enterprise: internationalisation, innovation, investment and inclusive growth.
Both parties are focused on the opportunity to develop the Grangemouth Industrial complex as a living lab. Grangemouth’s role as a primary economic hub for Scotland offers opportunities to test various initiatives widely but also increases the prospect of amplifying the potential beneficial outcomes that we can, as part of the Northern Connections collaboration, achieve through this project.