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Islands minister is impressed by collective approach to Arran branding


The new Scottish transport and islands minister Humza Yousaf has said he is ‘hugely impressed’ by the work being undertaken by the Arran Economic Group (AEG).

Speaking after meeting the group on Monday, Mr Yousaf told the Banner: ‘I take my hat off to them. All the businesses on the island are talking collectively; I have never seen it working so well. I am amazed at the Arran branding. It is great to see the businesses working together whether in cheese, whisky, or aromatics.’

The Glasgow Pollok MSP said he was also told by the group of some of the challenges businesses on the island faced including housing, ferries reliability, depopulation and digital connectivity - which, he said, was essential if young people were to be attracted back to the island.

During the meeting at Auchrannie Resort, the minister heard from AEG chairman Tom Tracey and other members of the committee about the work of the group. Development director Sheena Borthwick, who outlined the current housing issues, said: ‘The meeting was very well received indeed with the minister realising very quickly that the collective group collaboration was working well and realising results with the various high level skills brought to the table to achieve a common goal.

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