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Agreement signed with UWS

Enterprise hub for former whisky site

Marie MacklinAn enterprise and innovation hub will be included on the site of the former whisky bottling plant in Kilmarnock.

Halo Kilmarnock, a partnership formed by Klin Group and Ross Developments and Renewables has today signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of the West of Scotland.

The £65m  regeneration will see commercial, educational, cultural, lifestyle activities on the former Johnnie Walker site along with light manufacturing and private rental accommodation. 

The Enterprise and Innovation Hub will include a digital and cyber research facility.

Marie Macklin (pictured), a director of the Halo, said: “A critical element in The HALO’s success will be the collaboration between the public, private and educational sectors in order that we meet the aspirations and needs of the people of Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire and beyond.

“We are confident that, working together with UWS, we can create an Enterprise and Innovation Hub that will provide Ayrshire with a meaningful place in the fourth industrial revolution, the digital world.

“I look forward to working with UWS to develop our collective thinking in this vitally important aspect for the economy of the area.”

Professor Ehsan Mesbahi, Vice Principal Academic and Pro Vice Chancellor of UWS, added: “There is potential for creating a distinctive learning experience that would attract students from around the world and equip local students with internationally-recognised qualifications to develop their futures as entrepreneurs.”

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