During a visit to Ayr last week Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the UK Government will formally begin talks with local partners for a new Growth Deal for Ayrshire.
The deal is expected to bolster the region’s economy, create jobs and boost productivity.
Mrs May’s visit to the Alex Begg textile factory was part of a day-long tour of the UK to hear the views of businesses and families across the country to mark one year until Brexit.
The Ayrshire deal will be delivered by the UK Government with local authorities, the Scottish Government and other partners.
“I am pleased to announce we are opening talks over a new Ayrshire Growth Deal that should significantly boost the local economy and opportunities for people here,” said Mrs May.
Commenting on the announcement, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Conservative MP Bill Grant said: “This is fantastic news for Ayrshire and Scotland and it was wonderful to welcome the Prime Minister to Ayrshire.
“The deal will transform the region and place us at the forefront of innovation and productivity in Scotland.
“It shows what strong cooperation can achieve, and how there is much to look forward to as we leave the European Union.”
Local MSP Brian Whittle MSP added “I’m delighted the Prime Minister was able to come to Ayr and make this announcement. It’s been a long road to get to this point, but in all the meetings I’ve had with UK Government ministers, there’s been a genuine enthusiasm for delivering the deal.”