Energy firm backs project
ScottishPower in £5m partnership with HALO
Keith Anderson and Marie Macklin with students from Ayrshire College
ScottishPower is to partner The HALO Scotland in providing digital training and business support at the Kilmarnock regeneration initiative.
The announcement heralds the launch of a £5 million, five-year programme, building on the “utility of the future” vision.
The energy company will be a leader in The HALO’s Innovation and Enterprise Centre and its Digital and Cyber Zone where The HALO and ScottishPower will create a cyber and digital training and learning facility.
This partnership will explore energy innovations for a lower carbon society and harness ScottishPower’s business and technical expertise to support start-up and scale-up businesses located at The HALO.
The HALO Kilmarnock is located on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant and is being shaped as a commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter.
The development will also include a light manufacturing facility and private rental accommodation for key workers.
The development is one of four HALO projects planned for the UK that are being seen as catalysts for urban regeneration.
The next HALO project is proposed for Belfast, with Wales and the North West of England to follow. It is envisaged that The HALO Scotland will connect through road and rail infrastructure directly to the Northern Powerhouse, creating economic benefits across the wider area.
The HALO Scotland is forecast to contribute £120m of GDP to the Scottish economy annually, create 1,400 direct jobs and support 630 construction jobs.
Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower, said: “Across all of our business areas, ScottishPower is working to deliver a low carbon and sustainable future.
“We are excited to explore the opportunities within this innovative project. There will be a focus on young people, digital skills and energy innovations that we hope will help us move towards a decarbonised transport, heat and energy sector.”
Marie Macklin, founding director of The HALO, said: “In making this commitment ScottishPower is supporting an urban regeneration project that is going to change the lives of young people, not just in Ayrshire but across the whole of Scotland.
“With ScottishPower behind it, The HALO is going to rock the Scottish economy, generating economic growth, innovation, digital skills development, enterprise and innovation and I applaud their forward thinking. Together with ScottishPower, The HALO is going to light up Britain.”