Head of Economic Development, Culture & Tourism: Stuart Oliver
Location:  Old Viewforth, Stirling

The area is divided into the following areas:-

  • Regeneration & Inclusive Growth
  • Economic Growth, Culture, Tourism & Events
  • Community Development

Economic Development Services have been reshaped to better meet the needs of residents, communities, visitors and businesses within the Stirling area.

The local economy is a key priority, and delivery of a broad range of support services to our local businesses has been integrated within Stirling Enterprise (STEP), to provide a single access point for advice, training, property, funding and management services. STEP will deliver the Stirling Business Investment Fund, to enable faster growth for those who want to increase employment in Stirling, through innovation, investment or international business development.

Building on the key objectives and aspirations of our refreshed economic strategy and action plan, we will continue to work in collaboration will our local business community to jointly develop, fund and implement projects and initiatives to promote diversification and sustainable growth of Stirling’s economy.

A City Commission has been established as an advisory board to support Stirling’s economic progress, through infrastructure investment, business growth and skills development. The group is a mixture of the public sector and private sector individuals in positions of influence, who will bring their skills and networks to Stirling for its advantage.

A development framework has been commissioned to create an overarching plan for Stirling’s city infrastructure investment, to ensure Stirling’s assets are used for maximum return, creating a place of vibrancy producing an increase in high quality, sustainable jobs.

Distance from markets and centres of employment can create specific challenges for rural businesses. The Economic Development Team will work with the LEADER team to support rural economies to become more sustainable and resilient.

The Economic Development Team is working with the Scottish Cities Alliance to attract investment, boost the economy and most importantly create new jobs and business opportunities. For example, Stirling, in collaboration with Scotland’s other cities, seeks to maximise the use of innovative funding models to ensure investment in infrastructure is fit for purpose for the industry of today and the future.

Working with the University, College, the Local Employability Partnership and local employers in a joined-up approach, the economic development team will ensure that Stirling has the right skills base now and for future growth.

Last updated: Monday, April 4, 2022 3:55 PM