West to get almost £6 million in Euro cash
The West of Scotland is to benefit from an additional £5.72 million of
European funding, it has been announced.
The extra investment is part of the Objective 2 programme and will go to 36 social regeneration projects in the area. Deputy Enterprise Minister Allan Wilson said: ‘This is a considerable investment for the West of Scotland and much of this funding is targeted at some of the most disadvantaged communities in Glasgow and elsewhere in the region. These awards are aimed at improving employability and tackling skills issues to meet the needs of particular sectors where we know jobs are being created.
For example, £63,214 is going to Drumchapel Opportunities for a training project to help up to 200 local people to develop their skills, engage in lifelong learning and prepare for work. In addition, as part of £400,000 going to tourism-related projects, an award-winning West Dunbartonshire project will be able to continue its vital work which enables people from the area to access tourism and hospitality jobs.
A considerable slice of the investment is also going towards improving the competitiveness of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the region. £296,600 will go to the Scottish Enterprise Investor Readiness Programme which will deliver advice and financial support to SMEs in the region. As the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau have proven with their ‘Glasgow: Scotland With Style’ brand, European funding can be put to work throughout the country to benefit both people and the economy. I fully expect to see this latest investment to make a difference.’
Source: Scottish Executive.