The Cairngorms Economic Forum, led by the Cairngorms Business Partnership, was established in March 2013 to oversee the development and implementation of the Cairngorms Economic Strategy.
The Cairngorms Economic Forum, (CEF) led by the Cairngorms Business Partnership, was established in March 2013 to oversee the development and implementation of the Cairngorms Economic Strategy. After a thorough consultation period the strategy was launched in October 2015.
The purpose of the Strategy is to identify the priorities that are specifically relevant to this predominantly rural area and to ensure that partners are working together to address them.
The Cairngorms Business Partnership (CBP) made representations on behalf of the business community to the CNPA during the consultation period leading towards the adoption of the Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan 2012-17 (NPPP). The outcome was that the NPPP identified the need for an Economic Forum and an Economic Strategy as a key priority for the Cairngorms National Park.
The CBP led a consultation on the priorities for Economic Development in the Cairngorms National Park from 4th March 2014 to 7th April 2014 and you can view the proposals in the consultation document here and read the consultation summary report here.
The consultation findings were considered and the key priorities identified and agreed for action by the CEF. These form the basis of an Action Plan for delivery by a range of partners. The CEF is led by the private sector and is made up of public and private sector partners and will oversee delivery.
The aim of the Strategy is taken from Policy Priorities within the Park Partnership Plan:
“Grow the economy of the Park by strengthening existing business sectors, supporting business start-ups and diversification, and increasing the number of workers employed in the Park.”
The Cairngorms Economic Forum will oversee delivery of the Strategy. This in turn will inform wider reporting on delivery of the National Park Partnership Plan.
Delivery of the National Park Partnership Plan is overseen by a Strategic Delivery Group. This group is made up of key partners and meets twice a year to report on progress with delivery. Development and delivery of this Economic Strategy is one of the key areas of work on which they report.
The Economic Strategy has been subject to a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). An Environmental Report has been produced and was subject to consultation alongside the economic priorities. The Report found that the Economic Development Priorities as proposed will have a range of positive or neutral environmental effects.