Council sets date for economic summit

The Queen's Hall in Dunoon - venue for a long-awaited summit aimed at finding ways to turn around the decline in Argyll and Bute's population.
The Queen's Hall in Dunoon - venue for a long-awaited summit aimed at finding ways to turn around the decline in Argyll and Bute's population.

The Argyll and Bute Economic Summit is set for Wednesday, October 29, in Dunoon’s Queen’s Hall.

The event will be chaired by the journalist and broadcaster, Mark Stephen. As one of Radio Scotland’s most prolific feature presenters, Mark has chaired a wide range of conferences including the Scottish Government Resilience Conference last year.

The keynote speaker will be John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth.

The summit will bring together key representatives from local and national government as well as the business, public and voluntary sectors to debate what action is needed to build a prosperous economic future for Argyll and Bute and increase our population.

Building a strong economy is the key priority in Argyll and Bute’s Single Outcome Agreement, which has been agreed by local and national community planning partners.

Work is ongoing to develop our economy; the summit will build on this by bringing together local and national expertise to identify what action is needed to further develop the economy and to attract people of working age to the area.

We need to retain as many of our talented young people as possible, as well as creating an economic environment which will attract expertise to Argyll and Bute.

In order to ensure a wide range of expertise and experience, delegates have been personally invited to attend.

Further details of speakers will be announced shortly.