Millions invested in economic development in Moray

Press Releases   •   Feb 19, 2019 14:00 GMT

MORE than £4.5 million was invested in economic development in Moray during 2017/18 – an increase of £815k on the previous year.

The Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group’s annual report on economic development performance went before Moray Council’s Economic Development and Infrastructure Services committee this morning, highlighting the successes in Moray.

During 2017/18, Moray Council supported 71 businesses, including social enterprises, with grants and loans from programmes. In addition, 1,499 people attended business events run by the council.

Vacancy rates for town centre retail units in Elgin, Forres, Lossiemouth, Keith and Buckie have improved by 2% since 2017, with 9.9% of units unoccupied in these locations in Moray, against the Scottish average of 11.5%. Meanwhile three-year business survival rates show Moray is performing better than the Scottish average of 62.1%, with 64.9% of new business surviving beyond three years.

Employability activities funded or operated by the council saw 716 unemployed people participate, up from 423 in the year before. And, since 2017, 238 people received training and qualifications as part of a two-year project with funding from the European Social Fund, which should take them closer to achieving their goal of getting back into work.

Chair of Moray Council’s Economic Development & Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr Graham Leadbitter, celebrated the achievements in the report.

“I’m proud to showcase the many successes of our team and partners who are dedicated to economic development in Moray. There are areas where we’re not performing as well against the Scottish average, for example our employment rate, but we benefit from sharing best practice among our network of senior economic development officials from across all 32 Scottish local authorities - and we will use this to make improvements.

“We also continue to work with local and national partners and businesses, including the Moray Economic Partnership, put into action the recently agreed Moray Economic Strategy and take Moray’s Growth Deal through the negotiation stage.”

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.  

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Lunch is served - Minister joins Seafield Nursery children at lunchtime

Press Releases   •   Feb 15, 2019 15:06 GMT

New fostering scheme to be launched in Moray

Press Releases   •   Feb 13, 2019 18:16 GMT

A NEW fostering scheme which aims to attract more foster carers is to be introduced in Moray.

There are currently 50 fostering households in Moray and, as well as addressing the need to recruit for foster carers, the new scheme will provide foster carers with consistent and good quality support; sufficient allowances to cover the real cost of caring for foster children; access to quality training and development; respite and holiday breaks.

Four skill levels will be introduced, with fees reflecting the level of skill each foster carer has, as well as the number of children cared for.

A consultation with foster carers has been completed which demonstrated “overwhelming support for a new scheme”.

The new scheme will give foster carers the chance to complete SVQ qualifications, advancement through the skill levels offered, and offer increased support when caring for children with complex needs.

Chair of Moray Council’s Children & Young People’s Services Committee, Cllr Sonya Warren, said the new scheme will, importantly, provide choice and quality for children in need of foster care.

“The number of fostering households in Moray is declining so we hope by introducing this new scheme that we can recruit more foster carers and retain our existing foster carers. Their support is invaluable and often life-changing for the young people they care for, and their skills and commitment should be championed.

“I think it’s vital we encourage more residents to become foster carers so we can continue to provide foster care locally. If you’re interested in fostering please let us know.”

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.  

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"Very good" supported lodgings for young adults leaving care in Moray

Press Releases   •   Feb 13, 2019 15:07 GMT

SUPPORTED lodgings – accommodation and support provided to young adults who’ve left care in Moray – continues to be rated as “very good”.

The service helps young people aged between 16-21 move from a care setting into a supportive environment, to help them prepare for living independently in the community.

Moray Council’s Children & Young People’s Services Committee today heard that the inspection carried out in October 2018 rated the quality of care and support, and the quality of leadership and management within the service, as “very good”.

Highlighted as a strength was the commitment of the staff team to “providing the best service”, as well as “providing very good support” to the adult placement carers, who offer support and care in their own homes to young people.

Chair of Moray Council’s Children & Young People’s Services Committee, Cllr Sonya Warren said: “I welcome the findings of this latest inspection and congratulate the staff for all of their hard work to ensure we can continue to provide this very good and highly valued service to the young people here in Moray who need support.

“If anyone in Moray is interested in becoming a supported lodgings carer, please get in touch with us by emailing educationandsocialcare@moray.gov.uk.”

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.  

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Call for artists to design and create gateway to Buckie

Press Releases   •   Feb 13, 2019 14:26 GMT

LGBT history month celebrated in Moray

Press Releases   •   Feb 11, 2019 15:48 GMT

Statement from Moray Council's CEO, Roddy Burns

Press Releases   •   Feb 11, 2019 12:14 GMT

Book sale at Forres library

Press Releases   •   Feb 11, 2019 09:03 GMT

Early Years Modern Apprentices begin Moray Council roles

Press Releases   •   Feb 10, 2019 11:00 GMT

FitLife?: Joint statement from Moray Council and Moray Leisure Centre

Press Releases   •   Feb 08, 2019 10:00 GMT

Leader of Moray Council, Cllr Graham Leadbitter, said: “Our campaign to secure the future of Moray Council’s leisure facilities is going strong and has seen 200 additional memberships registered. However, to address some of the questions on social media: we work in partnership, not in competition, with Moray Leisure Centre to deliver much-valued leisure services locally. We continue to support Moray Leisure Centre and we are pleased to see their membership base grow, as is ours, as part of the FitLife? family.

“We wouldn’t encourage anyone to cancel their membership at any facility – instead we continue to push for additional FitLife? memberships at all facilities. Securing another 100 memberships at council-run facilities by 20 February will mean we can secure the future of the swimming pools which are under threat and ensure that local communities in Moray can continue to access facilities on their doorstep and enjoy all the benefits of a value-for-money FitLife? membership.”

Chair of Moray Leisure Centre Board, Andrew Wood, said: “We at Moray Leisure Centre fully support Moray Council’s efforts to increase the uptake of leisure memberships and safeguard local leisure services in the area. All FitLife? centres have the same aim – to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Moray. All centres, including Moray Leisure Centre, need to increase their customer base by offering new concepts in sport and leisure, while improving the services on offer within those facilities that members enjoy. Moray Leisure Centre tries to achieve this aim as a charity dedicated to the people of Moray, where my fellow Directors and I are all volunteers, not as a private company. 

"Moray Council and Moray Leisure Centre are working together to deliver a long-term sustainable future for leisure services in Moray. We’re delighted with the success we’ve enjoyed since introducing the FitLife? scheme to our customers, and encourage any resident who hasn’t signed up for a FitLife? membership to consider doing so.” 

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.  

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Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.

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