Development and Economic Growth - Service Purpose Overview

Support our communities to realise their full potential by enhancing access to housing, supporting businesses, protecting the public and improving the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the area. This is done by ensuring that new development and the monitoring of business activities takes place in a sustainable manner where economic opportunities are harnessed for all communities throughout Argyll and Bute.

The Service focus is on delivering critical economic infrastructure to connect to national and international markets, sustaining existing businesses, attracting new residents, visitors and investment, creating places where people want to live and improving people's skills for work.

The Service is leading on the delivery of the £50 million Rural Growth Deal. The aim of which is that the Council and its partners will deliver success across Argyll and Bute, based on three key economic drivers:

- Attracting: additional skills, training and learning opportunities; new residents, visitors and businesses.

- Growing: doing more of what works; making more of our natural and built resources.

- Connecting: our high value business sectors with national and international business markets; our local economic successes with national strategic priorities.

Development and Economic Growth Service Plan 2020-2023

Key Information – Development and Economic Growth

The annual 2020-21 budget for Development and Economic Growth is £8,449,471

Development and Economic Growth has a staffing figure for 174 FTE (Full Time Equivalent)

Key Documents

Further information and documents that support the key aims of service delivery for Development and Economic Growth can be found by clicking on the following links –

1. Council Annual Report

2. Economic Development Action Plan

3. Renewable Energy Action Plan

4. Social Enterprise Team Information and Annual Report

5. CHORD Information and Project Updates

6. Argyll and Bute Area Profiles 

Annual Performance Reviews

The Annual Performance Review is the mechanism used by the service to review the previous year’s key successes and challenges, the key improvements to meet the challenges are also identified here.

You can view the Annual Performance Review for Development and Economic Growth by clicking here.