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S5W-11465: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that Dundee and the surrounding areas benefit from the V&A Museum of Design. 

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 2 October 2017

The Scottish Government is the major funder of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee along with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Dundee City Council, the private sector and Creative Scotland by award of National Lottery funding.

Our investment in V&A Dundee is premised on the significant economic benefit that the Museum will bring to the city, the wider region and Scotland, alongside a range of other positive outcomes outlined in the business case. Plans for the Museum which are being developed by project partners, Dundee City Council, Scottish Enterprise, V&A London, Dundee University and Abertay University, will deliver these benefits.

There is a range of actions in place to maximise the opportunities arising from the significant investment that has been made in the new Museum and the wider Waterfront Regeneration project. For example Scottish Enterprise has been actively engaging and influencing businesses within Dundee and surrounding areas in applying a Destination Development approach, encouraging innovation, collaboration and capacity building.

Ahead of opening there are already encouraging signs of increased visitor numbers, inward investment and new business start-ups.