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1 Aberdeen - A World Energy City Elaine Robertson Business Growth Manager

2 Page 2 Aberdeen Key Facts Prosperous, Well Educated, Productive, High-tech, Global, Pioneering 217,000 population, 450,000 people within 20km radius One of 18 World Energy Cities – Oil Capital of Europe 900 energy companies, supporting 40,000 jobs The Global Centre of Excellence for Sub-sea Technology GDP pc is 43% higher than Scottish average (3rd highest regional GDP in UK, 13 th in Europe) UKs most competitive city after London One of the UKs top 3 regions in terms of knowledge-based industries and one of 5 most likely to experience high economic growth over the next 5 years 400 internationally owned businesses, 800 tech companies Aberdeen airport connected to 40+ UK & European destinations

3 Page 3 Aberdeens transition to energy hub

4 Page 4 Business Support Small Business Enterprise Scheme Training Initiatives Trade Missions to the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston (which led to the creation in 1973 of Offshore Europe, now the largest global oil and gas show outside Houston) Hosting inward visits

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6 Page 6 Infrastructure

7 Page 7 Aberdeen Strengths and Opportunities Strengths Opportunities Strong economy Excellent quality of life Two top-class universities (Aberdeen in Times world top 200) An agreed Local Plan for growth Renewable energy linked to sub-sea technology base New sub-sea oil & gas provinces Oil recovery technologies Offshore platform decommissioning Exploitation of unconventional oil and gas resources

8 Page 8 A "Joined-Up" Approach Government Public Bodies Local Partnership Bodies (Private + Public)

9 Page 9 Aberdeens Economic Development Strategy Aberdeen City & Shire to be recognised as one of the most robust and resilient economies in Europe with a reputation for opportunity, enterprise and inventiveness that will attract and retain world-class talent of all ages Deliver city centre redevelopment Deliver a fully integrated transport network Maximise our intellectual capital – people and expertise 4 5 Anchor the international supply chain Attract and develop skilled people 6 Improve the efficiency of planning decision making 7 Make Aberdeen City & Shire the location of choice for company HQs

10 Page 10 Aberdeens Key Development Projects Employment Land 1.Energetica South (c.80 ha) -AECC, Aberdeen Innovation and Energy Park & Berryhill Business Park 2.Airport Development Zone (c. 90 ha) 3.North Dee Commercial Zone (2 22,000 m 2 of office space) 4.Prime Four Business Park, Kingswells (25.4 ha) 5.Aberdeen Gateway Business Park (18 ha) Housing 6.Grandhome & Whitestripes Sustainable Community - 6,000 new homes 7.Greenferns - 1,400 new homes ) Others 8.Aberdeen European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre 9.Community Football Stadium + Mixed Use Development 10.Aquatics Centre & Sports Village (c. £43m investment) 11.City Centre Regeneration including BID

11 Page 11 Business and Enterprise – Key Projects International Trade & Investment Globalisation of Aberdeens industrial base Biennial export survey -Identifies current and intended future market activity -Norway, Brazil, Australia, USA Inward and outward trade missions Opportunity areas -Oil & Gas exploration, recovery and production -Sub-sea engineering technologies -Marine based renewable energy technologies (wave, current and offshore wind)

12 Page 12 Business and Enterprise – Key Projects Business Growth Advice and support for local businesses Supplier development programme -Major infrastructure projects -Oil and gas sector -Renewables sector -UK public sector and EU contracts Opportunity areas -Oil and gas sector innovation -Oil field recovery technologies -Unconventional gas -Renewable energy (offshore + grid) -Food and drink -Life Sciences (with Aberdeens Universities) Sector Support Programme

13 Page 13 Business and Enterprise – Key Projects City Promotion Major Trade Exhibitions Offshore Europe, Aberdeen (32,000 attendees) OTC, Houston. ONS, Stavanger All Energy MIPIM, Cannes Visitor Attraction Aberdeen Convention Bureau German and Norwegian campaigns Winter Campaign. Airport route development City Events Tartan day Aberdeen Highland Games Winter Festival. Olymic torch relay event

14 Page 14 What will success look like? A vibrant internationally competitive business environment Improved transport infrastructure and enhanced connectivity Growing visitor numbers, increased business and leisure tourism 4 5 More talented, highly educated people living in Aberdeen Bigger food & drink, life science and renewable energy sectors 6 Aberdeen as a global hub for all energy, including renewables 7 A larger and more prosperous population, with less disparities 8 A high quality city centre environment for culture, retail and leisure

15 Thank You Elaine Robertson

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