Rural Growth Deal

Introduction: Why Argyll and Bute needs a rural growth deal

“We want people and businesses to thrive in Argyll and Bute.

We are developing proposals for UK and Scottish Government investment in the area as part of a rural growth deal.

Argyll and Bute has been recognised as one of Scotland’s most promising regions. Our landscape and natural resources bring huge opportunities for economic growth that would benefit life in Argyll and Bute, Scotland and the UK.

To turn opportunity into action though we need more people. Population forecasts estimate that by 2027 will need another 10,000 people to drive business development, deliver public services, teach our children and look after our older residents.

Building an economy that attracts the people the area needs demands more financial investment than a council can give.

Therefore, along with our partners and the private sector, we are developing proposals for discussion with the Scottish and UK Governments.

We would appreciate you taking just a few minutes to give us your views on these proposals."

Councillor Aileen Morton

Leader of Argyll and Bute Council

Why we believe Argyll and Bute deserves a rural growth deal

A rural growth deal would bring transformational investment for Argyll and Bute from the UK and Scottish Governments. As you can see from the following graph, areas across Scotland are already benefiting from significant financial support. Argyll and Bute deserves a prosperous future. It deserves investment.

Rural growth investment map of Scotland

These areas have benefited from between £188 million and £1 billion of combined financial investment from the Scottish and UK Governments.

Government investment may be linked to the population of an area.