Ms Macklin believes that the spotlight on cities as the nexus for economic growth is outdated and that UK plc needs to refocus its corporate social responsibility (CSR) budgets to create opportunities in the UK’s towns, creating an enterprise-led resilience model that promotes new communities within these towns that are sustainable, healthy, energy efficient, create jobs and are digitally savvy.
East Ayrshire Council contributed a further £2m while the first phase has attracted £15m of private sector investment, £3.5m from the Scottish Government and £3.5m from the UK Government with construction of the HALO Enterprise and Innovation Hub under way and the project planned to generate £205m in GDP and stimulate 1,500 jobs.
HALO Kilmarnock has teamed up with ScottishPower to create a cyber and digital training and learning facility which is also exploring energy innovations for a lower carbon society and is working with Barclays on a data collection site to create new jobs and entrepreneurship and develop the employability skills of young people and adults across Scotland and recently announced a partnership with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre that will bring smart homes with sustainable building components alongside the low carbon heat solutions being designed for these homes at HALO Kilmarnock.
“Having someone of her calibre on the panel is evidence of how seriously people are taking Earth Overshoot Day this year. She’ll be joined by panellists Mathis Wackernagel, President of the Global Footprint Network, which is responsible for calculating Earth Overshoot Day, and Catriona Patterson, board member of the 2050 Climate Group, an award-winning charity designed to encourage young people to lead the conversation around climate change and how it can be tackled.