Influencers’ Lunch

Guest Speaker: Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy

In partnership with

Friday 21 September 2018

12:45pm – Registration & reception
1:00pm – Lunch Service
2:30pm – Finish
Dress – Business
Venue – The Town House, Inverness, IV1 1JJ

This is part of a series of events that SCDI has  held over the past 18 months, focused on the City-Region Deal’s themes of Digital Opportunity; Enhanced Growth Capacity; Innovation; Young People; Upskilling; Life Sciences; Tourism; and Low Carbon.

The Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal was reached between the Scottish Government, UK Government, and The Highland Council, with the Heads of Terms signed in March 2016. The Deal involves a large number of funded projects within a programme running over the next 10 years, with the Deal worth around £315 million of investment from the UK Government, Scottish Government, Highland Council and local partners including HIE, UHI, Highlife Highland, and HITRANS. The Deal is anticipated to attract a further £800 million of private investment to the region.

One of the Deal’s key projects is the transformation of Inverness Castle into a tourism asset that will be a must-see visitor attraction celebrating the spirit of the Highlands past, present and future, including creativity, well-being, culture, heritage and natural environment. The attraction will aim to inspire new and returning visitors to visit other parts of the Highlands, contributing to maintaining sustainable long-term growth for tourism in the area.

The event will be an opportunity to hear about the steps being taken to allow the repurposing of the Castle and bring buildings at Upper Bridge Street under the council’s ownership to enable future redevelopment. It will also offer an opportunity to share your views on how the development can help businesses across the Highlands to benefit from the creation of an international quality visitor attraction in the area.

As the Co-Chair of the Inverness Castle Delivery Group, the Cabinet Secretary will have the opportunity to talk about this key part of the City-Region Deal and highlight other elements that are being supported through it.