City Region and Growth Deals

The Supplier Development Programme is actively involved in City Region Deals and Growth Deals.

We approach City Region Deals and Growth Deals at an early stage to ensure that support for SMEs that stand to benefit from the economic boost is considered and enacted. The Scottish Government and local authorities involved in these Deals are SDP membership organisations, which means that if you are a SME or supported business, you have easy access to a named contact who can point you in the right direction for additional information. The Supplier Development Programme actively promotes tender training related to Deals, as well as supplier engagement days, and we also promote upcoming opportunities on a regular basis.

Read more about City Region Deals and Growth Deals on this page, and contact if you require additional information.


City Region Deals

City Region Deals are agreements between the UK Government, Scottish Government, local authorities and other partners to invest in cities and regions.

They are designed to bring about long-term strategic approaches to improving regional economies. They are implemented by regional partners and overseen by the Scottish City Region Deal Delivery Board.

Each deal is tailored to its city region, reflecting its individual economic strengths and weaknesses, and comprises a programme of interventions to support positive, transformative change.

Glasgow City Region Deal

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The Scottish Government is contributing £500 million to the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal Infrastructure Investment Fund over 20 years.

The regional partners estimate that the overall investment of £1.13 billion will deliver around 29,000 jobs in the region and attract around £3.3 billion of private sector investment.

Considerable progress has been made since the Glasgow deal was signed in 2014. Several projects have been completed, including the world-leading Imaging Centre of Excellence at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. Others are under construction, such as the regeneration of Sighthill and the Avenues project, which is improving public realm around the city.

This partnership of eight neighbouring local authorities has secured investment of £1.13 billion, the largest City Deal in the UK, which will focus improvement in the Glasgow City region through 26 projects. Of these, 20 are major infrastructure projects. This programme of work will greatly add to the value of the local economy over the next 20 years.

This is the first City Deal to be agreed for Scotland. Find out more about the Glasgow City Regional Deal in this PDF.

Glasgow City Region Deal and SDP

The Supplier Development Programme has been a partner in the Glasgow City Region Deal since its inception. We aim to support SMEs to become “tender ready” to bid for the 26 projects in eight local authorities, which are also SDP membership organisations.

The eight local authorities are:

  • East Dunbartonshire Council
  • East Renfrewshire Council
  • Glasgow City Council
  • Inverclyde Council
  • North Lanarkshire Council
  • Renfrewshire Council
  • South Lanarkshire Council
  • West Dunbartonshire Council

You can read more about past Supplier Events that SDP organised as part of the Glasgow City Region Deal in the case studies section.

What does City Deal mean for my business?

Contracts for the main 26 projects have been published since 2015 on the Public Contracts Scotland website. Once awarded, the successful contractors begin to search for subcontractors.

Subcontracting work covers all manners of goods and services from construction materials, transport and haulage to catering and cleaning. Businesses further down the supply chain can then bid to provide labour, goods and other services to the subcontractors.

Success of the City Deal is dependent on proving Gross Value Added (GVA). GVA is a measure in economics of the value of goods and services produced in an area, industry or sector of an economy. You can find out more about GVA and City Deal procurement in the Glasgow City Region City Deal Procurement Strategy.

Where can I find contracts?

There are several ways of finding City Deal subcontracting opportunities.

  • Larger contracts will be posted on the Public Contracts Scotland website
  • Once a major contract has been awarded, you can approach the contractor directly and ask about their requirements
  • You can attend one of the various information events which will be taking place in the region and speak to contractors there
  • The Supplier Development Programme will post all news and development online and on social media

Please note: although the work will take place in the Glasgow and Clyde region any business from Scotland, the UK and Europe can bid for work.

How can I get ready for City Deal?

  • Register with the Supplier Development Programme and see what training is available
  • Register on Public Contracts Scotland website and sign up for contract alerts
  • Check all your insurance and policies are up to date including Health & Safety, Equality & Diversity, Quality Management and Environmental
  • Follow SDP on Twitter @sdpscotland to be kept up to date with the latest news and developments

You can visit the City Deal website here and find up to date procurement news and contract opportunities here.

Aberdeen City Region Deal

The Scottish Government committed to invest up to £125 million to the Aberdeen City Region Deal, supplemented by up to £44 million committed by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, and other local partners.

The 10-year deal aims to encourage investment in innovation, internationalisation, digital connectivity, and infrastructure across the region.

Projects successfully delivered to date include the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, which has just celebrated its second year of operation. Building work is also due to begin shortly on the Bio-Therapeutic Hub for Innovation. The Hub will be based on the Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen and help to bring forward the next generation of medical therapies and products.

Alongside the deal, the Scottish Government is committed to invest a further £254 million in the North East over the same timeframe. This will deliver improved transport and broadband networks, and local housing programmes.

Inverness and Highland City Region Deal

The Scottish Government has committed up to £135 million to the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal. The UK Government has committed up to £53 million, supplemented by up to £127 million from the Highland council and regional partners over 10 years.

Regional partners estimate that this £315 million package could attract an additional £800 million of investment by the private sector.

The deal will support improvements to the region's digital connectivity, digital healthcare, skills, innovation and infrastructure, with the aim of stimulating long-term productivity and economic growth.

Progress has already been made with a number of projects. For example, the first 15 Fit Homes developed in Dalmore, Alness were completed in April 2018 and are now occupied. These technology-enabled homes provide independent living for elderly residents and military veterans who might otherwise have to remain in hospital or enter care. The first 16 affordable homes aimed at young people were also completed at Raining’s Stairs, Inverness in October 2018. Further sites are being built at Glendoe Terrace, Inverness and in Drumnadrochit, Fort William, Ullapool and Munlochy.

Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal

Both the Scottish Government and the UK Government have committed up to £45.1 million each towards the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal. Regional partners will match this investment with up to £123.8 million, resulting in a deal worth over £214 million.

Regional partners estimate that over the next 10 to 15 years these interventions will unlock private investment worth in excess of £640 million, delivering over 5,000 new jobs across a wide range of sectors in the City Region.

We have also committed a further £5 million investment into the region, which will support the delivery of enabling infrastructure for Phase One of a new Business Park at Kildean and support the next stage of development of proposed new enabling infrastructure at Callander. This has the potential to deliver 1,500 new jobs and £275m of private sector leverage.

Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal

The Scottish Government and the UK Government have each committed £300 million to the deal over 15 years.

Regional partners - including local authorities, universities and colleges, and the private and third sectors – have also committed to invest, resulting in an overall deal package worth more than £1.3 billion.

This will deliver inclusive economic growth across the region through housing, innovation, transport, skills and culture. Our investment will contribute towards 41,000 new homes, 21,000 jobs, and improving the skills of an estimated 14,700 people.

Tay Cities Region Deal

The Scottish Government and the UK Government have each committed up to £150 million over 10 to 15 years towards the Tay Cities Region Deal. Together with regional partners’ contribution, this deal has the potential to secure more than 6,000 jobs and attract £400 million of investment.

The overall deal seeks to transform the region by focusing on inclusion, innovation, internationalisation, connectivity and empowerment.


Regional Growth Deals

Regional Growth Deals are agreements between the Scottish Government, the UK Government and local government designed to bring about long-term strategic approaches to improving regional economies.

Growth deals are delivered by regional partnerships between partners including local authorities, the private sector, education and skills providers, and our economic agencies.

The aim of these collaborations is to drive inclusive economic growth. Building on the City Region Deals, the Scottish Government is committed to ensuring 100% coverage of Scotland with growth deals.

Ayrshire Growth Deal

The Scottish Government signed the Ayrshire Growth Deal in March 2019 with a commitment of £103 million investment over the next 10 years to deliver inclusive growth across Ayrshire. The UK Government will also be investing £103 million into the region over the next 15 years and regional partners will contribute £45.5 million to a total Deal worth £251.5 million.

Regional partners estimate the deal will create 7,000 new jobs and unlock an additional £300 million from the private sector.

The Scottish Government’s investment includes £40 million for innovative projects around engineering, manufacturing and digital automation, £30 million for an Aerospace and Space Programme, £18.5 million for tourism and regeneration and £14.5 million for regional projects around skills, community wealth building and digital infrastructure.

Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal

The Borderlands Partnership involves five local authorities: Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, Carlisle City, Cumbria and Northumberland working together to promote inclusive economic growth in the South of Scotland and North of England.

The Borderlands partners have identified priority themes that they consider will transform the region as a whole. The priority themes are: digital, energy, place, destination, mountain biking, business infrastructure, knowledge exchange, land and marine, transport.

We have committed up to £85 million, over a 10 year period, to support the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal. The UK Government will invest up to £65 million in the Scottish elements of the deal, and up to £195 million in the English components. This brings the total value of potential deal investment, in the wider region, to £345 million.

The Scottish Government signed the deal heads of terms agreement with the UK Government and Borderlands partners in July 2019. This agreement sets out the specific projects and activities to be funded.

Moray Growth Deal

In July 2019, the Scottish and UK Governments each committed to an investment of £32.5 million in the Moray Growth Deal, a long-term plan designed to boost inclusive economic growth across Moray.

Moray Council and partners continue to refine their proposals with feedback from Scottish Government ahead of reaching Heads of Terms later in 2019.

Find out more about the Moray Growth Deal on the Moray Council website.

Deals in development

Falkirk Growth Deal

The Falkirk Growth Deal will seek to develop Falkirk’s ambitions for inclusive economic growth, including the opportunities unlocked from Grangemouth’s national significance as Scotland’s largest industrial site. The Scottish Government continues to work with Falkirk to help them to consider proposals which will unlock investment and drive inclusive growth across the area.

Argyll and Bute Growth Deal

The Scottish Government will continue to work with Argyll and Bute Council, supported by our enterprise and skills agencies, to understand their ambitions and help them to consider proposals which will deliver inclusive growth to the region, creating new jobs and opportunities.

Islands Growth Deal

The Islands Growth Deal will unlock investment and drive inclusive growth across Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. The deal will form the basis of the next phase of the islands’ collaboration which will build on the successful 'Our Islands Our Future' campaign they commenced in 2013. The island councils are currently working with partners to revise proposals and which are expected to be submitted for discussion and scrutiny to the Scottish and UK Governments soon.

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