The Impact of Robert Burns on Regional Inclusive Growth

The Scottish government has stated that Scotland’s economic prosperity depends upon the strengths and talent of the people, the natural resources, the infrastructures and the governance. Scotland’s Economic strategy published in March 2015 sets to create a cohesive and resilient economy that improves opportunities, life chances, and wellbeing.

Boosting competitiveness is key to supporting long-term economic growth. This relates to our ability to help new Scottish businesses to develop by supporting entrepreneurialism and access to finance, encouraging companies to become more innovative and to exploit new commercial opportunities, and to help businesses to grow and expand both at home and overseas.

Many Regional Economic plans have shown a great success in re-shaping local economy, thanks to regional partnership and long-term investments. Examples such as Glasgow City Region Deal; Aberdeen City and Shire Deal; Inverness and Highland City Region Deal; Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal; City Region Deal for Stirling and Clackmannanshire are evidenced by Scotland’s Centre for Regional Inclusive growth.

However, the Scottish Government is still working with other regions to plan and to develop their own Regional Plan.

Among these regions to develop, the Ayrshires draw a significant interest. In fact, one of the particularity of the Ayrshires is definitely related to the on-going current investigation about the Impact of the Ayrshire native Poet Robert Burns on the Scottish Economy.

In fact, the investigation put the hypothesis that Robert Burns can be a relatively significant driver of the Ayrshire Regional Economic plan and regional Inclusive growth.