Leader of Aberdeen City Council – Councillor Jenny Laing
“Aberdeen City Council is driving unprecedented transformation in our city. We are in the midst of delivering an ambitious £1billion capital programme which will improve opportunities for individuals and businesses in Aberdeen, whilst providing a solid foundation for the region as a whole. Our inward investment hub, Invest Aberdeen, works in partnership with key stakeholders to further grow investment into the city and wider region and create competitive growth opportunities in our priority sectors.
Innovation and diversification are at the heart of Aberdeen City Council’s plans. We are already established on the world stage but must work hard to build on that position – and the evidence of that commitment to progress can be seen throughout the city.”
The Aberdeen Region has long been renowned as a global energy hub. It is a vibrant region in Scotland’s North East, helping to lead the rapid shift towards a net zero future. Not only is Aberdeen at the forefront of the energy transition, but it is also a world leader in the life sciences industry and home to food and drink brands enjoyed across the world.
Aberdeen has a long history of innovation and discovery – from subsea technology to the invention of the first MRI scanner. The region is home to two leading universities and internationally significant research and innovation centres such as the National Subsea Research Institute, Net Zero Technology Centre, Decommissioning Centre of Excellence, The Rowett Institute, The Marine Lab and the James Hutton Institute along with world class renewables deployment including Hywind pilot park, the world’s first floating wind farm and European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre.
Aberdeen is the UK’s leading hydrogen city and the first city in the world to operate a hydrogen double decker bus.
The region has always been enterprising with a global outlook, reaching well beyond its shores, and its ongoing multi-million-pound investments in harbour infrastructure, including £400million at Aberdeen Harbour and £51million at Peterhead Port, ensures its maritime heritage remains at its very heart.
Aberdeen has moved seamlessly into scientific, engineering, digital and low carbon specialisms. The region has one of the largest concentrations of life scientists in Europe and the largest biologics cluster in the UK after Cambridge.
The £40m BioHub for life sciences start-ups and high-growth enterprises is due to open in late 2022, which will be the nucleus of the life sciences cluster in the North East of Scotland.
The Aberdeen City Region is the home of the world-renowned Aberdeen Angus cattle, as well as Scotland’s biggest white fish port. Food and drink companies in the city region export to more than 100 countries around the globe.
Aberdeen is primed for business across a range of sectors with ambitious investment and infrastructure projects making it a premium investment location.
FACT: More than £12billion of public and private infrastructure investment is due to be delivered across the region across the next decade
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