Agenda and minutes

Economy Thematic CPP Group
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 1:00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Kilmory, Lochgilphead

Contact: Fiona McCallum Tel: 01546 604406 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were intimated from Councillor Alex McNaughton, David Cannon, Caledonian MacBrayne and Douglas Cowan, HIE.

 

Shirley MacLeod advised that Bill Dundas from the Scottish Government was unable to attend the meeting today to give his presentation on the Agriculture Industry in Argyll and Bute and it was agreed to invite him to give this presentation to the Group at the next meeting in May 2011.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

None declared.

3.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Economy Thematic CPP Group 23 November 2010

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Economy Thematic CPP Group meeting held on 23 November 2010 were approved as a correct record.

4.

BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS

Presentation by Ian Davison Porter, Business Improvement Districts Scotland

Minutes:

Ian Davison Porter, Director of Business Improvement Districts Scotland gave a very informative presentation on this initiative which was established in 2009 to support and encourage the development and operation of Business Improvement Districts across Scotland.  BIDS leads the Scottish Government’s BID programme and is the national organisation for BIDS in Scotland.  Ian explained the process and basic principles of developing a BID and referred to a number of established BIDS across Scotland and developing BIDS including Oban - tourism town centre; Dunoon town centre/peninsula; and Mull – food producers.

 

Ian also responded to a number of questions in response to his presentation.

 

Decision

 

1.             Noted the contents of the presentation and thanked Ian for his contribution to the meeting; and

 

2.             Agreed that there was a need for the Council to develop a strategy for dealing with BIDS in the Argyll and Bute area.

5.

ECONOMY THEMATIC CPP GROUP SCORECARD pdf icon PDF 227 KB

Report by Douglas Cowan, HIE/Thematic Lead

Minutes:

A report summarising the recommendations of the working group set up to look at the current Economy Thematic CPP Group Scorecard was considered.

 

Decision

 

1.             Agreed that the current Scorecard be amended to include the new measures set out in report at paragraphs 3.1 and 3.2 ;

 

2.             Noted that Ishabel Bremner would liaise with Partners in respect of further appropriate measures being included in the Scorecard  to reflect the economic health of the area; and

 

3.             Noted that the revised Scorecard would be brought to the next meeting in May 2011.

 

(Reference: Report by Thematic Lead, submitted)

6.

PARTNER UPDATES ON CPP PLAN

Minutes:

Partners provided information on work currently being undertaken in respect of the Economy Community Plan Actions.

 

Skills Development Scotland

 

School Leaver Destination Report

 

Anthony Standing referred to the contents of this report which was based on pupils who left school in December 2009 and August 2010.  He advised that a follow up survey was currently being compiled and that a copy of the report was available to view on the SDS website.

 

PACE - the Scottish Government’s national strategic partnership framework for responding to redundancy situations. Skills Development Scotland leads PACE at a national level, facilitating local response teams to provide tailored help and support for individuals at risk of, or experiencing, redundancy.

 

Frances Webster advised that SDS were currently working very closely with Argyll and Bute Council to support people whose lives will change as a result of cuts to the Council’s budget and referred to workshops which will be delivered to staff facing redundancy.  Frances also advised that they were working with staff of Machrie Hotel on Islay and they were working closely with Job Centre Plus to map where small business are and that a PACE report was being worked on which will show which sectors are most affected by the current economic climate.  It was noted that they were also working with Skycon to pull together a workforce profile to see what the workforce had to offer in terms of skills.

 

Scottish Tourism Week

 

Anthony advised that SDS, Job Centre Plus and Springboard were working together for Scottish Tourism Week and were hosting an event in the Soroba House Hotel, Oban on 1 March 2011.

 

LANTRA

 

Anthony referred to LANTRA which was hosting events for organisations on how land based centres work.

 

Service Delivery Agreement

 

Anthony advised that he was working with Ishabel Bremner on this and that a workshop was being held in March 2011.

 

Argyll and Bute Council

 

Business Gateway

 

Ishabel reported that ongoing year to date (YTD) delivery with regard to start-up and existing businesses supported was as follows:

 

·        start-up businesses supported – actual of 134 YTD against an annual target of 150:

 

Ø      with 60 starts supported YTD in Helensburgh and Lomond the annual target of 56 has already been exceeded;

Ø      for the remaining areas within Argyll and Bute, 74 starts have been supported YTD against an annual target of 94; and

 

·        existing businesses supported - actual of 269 YTD against an annual target of 225. A significant increase was seen in November and December 2010, due primarily to existing businesses attending the popular e-commerce and website building workshops held in Inveraray, Dunoon and Oban.

 

Business Gateway workshop delivery during the third quarter of 2010/11 was as follows:

 

·              one Awareness Raising Seminar in Oban;

·              10 Business Start-up modules in Oban, Dunoon and Campbeltown;

·              four Practical Book-keeping workshops in Dunoon, Oban, Campbeltown and Inveraray;

·              four HMRC Reduce Your Tax Bill workshops in Dunoon, Oban, Lochgilphead and Campbeltown;

·              three HMRC Self Assessment workshops in Campbeltown, Oban and Inveraray;

·              three  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

HIGHLIGHT AND EXCEPTION REPORTS

7a

Strategic Housing and Communities Forum pdf icon PDF 238 KB

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a Highlight and Exception report prepared by the Strategic Housing and Communities Forum.

 

Decision

 

Noted the contents of the report.

 

(Reference: Report by Strategic Housing and Communities Forum dated 10 January 2011, submitted)

7b

Argyll and Isles LEADER Local Action Group pdf icon PDF 251 KB

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a Highlight and Exception report prepared by the Argyll and the Islands LEADER Local Action Group.

 

Decision

 

1.             Noted the contents of the report; and

 

2.             Noted that the number of projects the Argyll and the Islands LEADER Programme has funded is 157 and not 162 as detailed in the report.

 

(Reference: Report by Argyll and the Islands LEADER Local Action Group dated 12 January 2011, submitted)

 

7c

Strategic Partnership List for Highlight and Exception Reporting pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the revised Strategic Partnership List for Highlight and Exception Reporting submitted by Eileen Wilson, Community Planning Manager.  The Group were asked to suggest any areas in which the list could be rationalised. 

 

Decision

 

Noted the contents of the list and that this will be updated following recommendations made at the other Thematic CPP Groups.

 

(Reference: Strategic Partnership List for Highlight and Exception Reporting updated February 2011, submitted)

8.

LOCAL EMPLOYABILITY PARTNERSHIP GROUP pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Request for CPP Nominee

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a request from the Local Employability Partnership Group to nominate a representative from the Community Planning Partnership to work with Skills Development Scotland on the procurement and contracting process for Get Ready to Work and Training for Work in Argyll and Bute.

 

Decision

 

Noted that due to the short timescale involved Eileen Wilson had represented the Community Planning Partnership at a meeting to take this tendering process forward and that the outcome of this would be reported to the Group at the next meeting in May 2011.

 

(Reference: Email dated 24 January 2011 from George Maxwell, SDS, submitted)

9.

COMMUNITY PLANNING PARTNERSHIP AUDIT 2011 pdf icon PDF 239 KB

Report by Community Planning Manager

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report advising that Audit Scotland has announced that there will be an audit of the Community Planning Partnership and that it will focus on the role of the Partnership in supporting sustainable economic growth.

 

Decision

 

Noted the contents of the report and noted that the Council will coordinate the response to Audit Scotland in consultation with Partners.

 

(Reference: Report by Community Planning Manager, submitted)

 

 

Councillor Donald MacMillan left the meeting.

10.

UPDATE ON COUNCIL REDUNDANCIES

Verbal Update from Head of Improvement and Strategic HR, Argyll and Bute Council

Minutes:

Jane Fowler advised that of 474 posts identified to be cut as part of the Council’s Service Review and budget fewer than 20 of those posts would see staff at risk from compulsory redundancy and that those staff affected would not leave the Council until at least June and that it was hoped that before then there would be the potential for those staff to be redeployed elsewhere.

 

Jane advised that in respect of the other posts identified to be cut staff in those posts had either gone through a process of redeployment, applied for voluntary redundancy, or had variations made to their contract.

 

Jane advised that a separate consultation on the Education Non Estate Review was still ongoing which would affect classroom assistants, music tutors and non teaching employees.

 

Decision

 

Noted the update provided.

Anthony Standing left the meeting.

11.

SUPPORT FOR REDUNDANT COUNCIL EMPLOYEES pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Report by Head of Improvement and Strategic HR, Argyll and Bute Council

Minutes:

A report informing the Group of the arrangements the Council is making to support employees whose employment may be terminated as a result of redundancy on a compulsory, or voluntary, basis was considered.

 

Decision

 

Noted the arrangements the Council is making to provide information and advice to employees whose employment may be terminated as a result of redundancy.

 

(Reference: Report by Head of Improvement and Strategic HR, submitted)

12.

FUTURE WORK PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the future work programme of the Economy Thematic CPP Group.

 

Decision

 

Agreed the current work programme and that the following items would be placed on the agenda of the next meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday 25 May 2011 –

 

Theme – Youth Employment

 

Report on outcome of evaluation of RET (if available)

Partner Updates

New Economy Thematic CPP Group Scorecard

Presentation by SDS on Youth Destinations/Modern Apprenticeships

Progress report on SDS Get Ready for Work and Training for work contract

SDS Progress Report

Presentation by Bill Dundas on Agriculture Industry in Argyll and Bute

Strategic Timber Transport Funding