Economic Development and Regeneration Board (EDRB)

The Economic Development and Regeneration Board (EDR) works towards creating a Working North Ayrshire by delivering the North Ayrshire Economic Development Strategy. The EDRB is responsible for agreeing resource allocations for service design and delivery and for monitoring progress towards the outcomes of the three year Business Plan.

Regenerating North Ayrshire

The EDRB are working to regenerate North Ayrshire’s most deprived communities and tackle poverty and deprivation across the area. The Economic Development and Regeneration Strategy provides more detail about the work of the EDR Board and its partners.

The Ayrshire Growth Deal was agreed in 2019 and will help drive inclusive economic growth across the region. It commits the Scottish Government and UK Government to work collaboratively with the local authorities and other Ayrshire regional partners to deliver a Deal that will help transform the Ayrshire economy. The Scottish Government will invest up to £103 million over 10 years, and the UK Government will invest up to £103 million over 15 years, subject to approval of final business cases for each project. Regional partners will match this investment with up to £45.5 million. This will result in a Deal worth £251.5 million. Ayrshire partners believe that these interventions will unlock private investment of around £300 million and deliver around 7,000 new jobs across a wide range of sectors.

Of particular relevance to North Ayrshire are proposals in relation to:

  • the i3 Irvine Enterprise Area Advanced Manufacturing Space in Irvine, which will create a regionally significant and nationally recognised centre of excellence in Digital Automation, building on Current Life Science Clustering at the site, and facilitate start up, spin out, and growth of Life Science businesses and other advanced manufacturing opportunities.
  • Development and regeneration of The Great Harbour, at Irvine Harbourside and Ardeer to create a unique coastal destination comprising a number of key assets to attract new visitors to the area and create jobs.
  • Centre for Research into Low Carbon Energy and Circular Economy (CECE) at the Hunterston Strategic West Scotland Industrial Hub.
  • International Marine Science and Environmental Centre (ISME) based at Ardrossan, which will aim to drive innovation in marine science with practical expertise and the latest technologies to ensure the Firth of Clyde is recognised as an exemplar in marine sustainability.
  • Subsea fibre optic cable to have its landing point in Irvine.
  • Regional Skills and Inclusion Programme and Community Wealth Building Fund

You can find more details on the Ayrshire Growth Deal using this link.

North Ayrshire Economic Review 2018

This report  provides an independent analysis of the North Ayrshire and wider Ayrshire economy and helps to inform the work of the Community Planning Partnership.