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WilloWind's Information Day

The project at Gass Farm, is located approximately 8km north east of Glenluce and 12 km west of Newton Stewart in Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway.

If consented the development would consist of nine turbines, each with a maximum height (to blade tip) of 126.5m and an installed capacity of up to 2.3MW.

The application, with a potential overall capacity of 20.7 MW, was submitted to Dumfries & Galloway Councilin November last year.

The construction of WilloWind Gass Wind Farm will represent an investment in equipment and services totalling in excess of £20million, a significant portion of which could be directly contracted with local companies and create employment opportunities for the local community. Ahead of operation, we will be entering into a number of contractual arrangements for the provision of services (operation, maintenance and others), which will have the potential to inject in excess of £100k per year into the local economy over the lifetime of the wind farm. We would welcome any local business who would like to learn more about opportunities to work with WilloWind throughout the various stages of the development to come along to the event.

WilloWind are delighted to be hosted by Dumfries & Galloway College in holding this event, and will be joined by both the Dumfries & Galloway and Wigtownshire Chambers of Commerce as we look to begin a dialogue with local companies. We are also keen to promote relationships between the communities local to our site (Glenluce,New Luce and Kirkcowan) and wider stakeholders such as the Chambers of Commerce and the College.

WilloWind have been in discussions with the local communities regarding a community benefit agreement, which would provide approximately £100,000 per year in community benefit to be
administered by the communities themselves.
Should a consent be granted any partnership would then be formalisedwith a legal agreement.

In order to meet the key challenges facing the area, any funding would however, be divided into two separate tranches, with 50% to be ringfenced for three key themes, as identified by WilloWind in consultation with the communities and wider stakeholders:

●Improving access to education and skills training

●Improving employment and business growth

●Improving tourism and recreation

The remaining 50% would be a discretionary tranche, over which the communities would have complete authority to fund local projects.

We believe that Gass Wind Farm provides an opportunity for the local communities to create a genuine and sustainable legacy, and that by facilitating relationships with other key local
stakeholders and organisations involved in the above themes, we can help to provide tangible social and economic benefit to the local communities and wider region.

WilloWind would now welcome interested parties to come along and learn more about the significant community and economic benefits of Gass Wind Farm. For more information on the project you can visit our website

Interested parties should contact Clarke Heron, on 0141 212 7222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to attend on the day.

Award Success for Armstrong Watson

Armstrong Watson, Accountants, Business and Financial Advisers are delighted to announce their award as Best Tax Practice in a Regional Firm at last night’s (21 May 2015) Taxation Awards at Park Lane Hilton, London.

Tax Consultants Scott McIver (Dumfries), Victoria Irving (Carlisle) and Emily Harrison and Steven Holmes (both Leeds) were tasked with pulling together examples of the great work carried out each and every day in order to pull together the entry, that was submitted in March.

The nomination entered was filled with testimonials gathered during the last 12 months from some of the thousands of clients helped by the tax team each year across Armstrong Watson’s office, along with many based internationally. The tax team is spread across the firm’s 15 offices and is headed up by Graham Poles.

Graham Poles, Head of Tax said “I am absolutely delighted for the Armstrong Watson Tax team who work really hard to deliver great service to our clients and it's fantastic that this has been recognised. This award celebrates the very best in the world of tax and the judges recognised in our entry the great service that we have delivered to our clients as evidenced by the many testimonials that formed the basis of our nomination.”

Nigel Holmes, Tax Partner said “This really was a great team effort with all the tax team committing to the process and providing the material that formed the basis of our nomination.

I am delighted for all of them and the contribution they and our Marketing Manager made to the entry.”Paul Dickson, Managing Partner of Armstrong Watson said “I’m incredibly proud of Armstrong Watson’s tax team and delighted that their hard work on behalf of our clients has been recognised with such a prestigious award. It’s great to see the expertise and skill of our team in supporting our clients with their broad and complex taxation needs being rewarded on a national stage.”


Networking is one of the most imprtant aspects of growing your business both in terms of contacts and customers. With that inmind DGCC is proud to announce the launch of NETWORK6!

Building on the previous success of Network5.30 and the Six O'Clock club, NETWORK6 is the ideal place to build your network of contacts.

Hosted in different venues bi-monthly it's your chance to meet other businesses both in the region and in the neighbouring areas. The emphasis is always on informality - creating a relaxed environment to chat and make those all important contacts.

NETWORK6 events are free to attend, just make sure you bring lots of business cards to swap and exchange, there will even be the chance to "pitch" your business of service during our MagicMoment. 60 seconds to tell everyone about your service, business or yourself. Who knows your moment may even make it on to the chamber website.

The first of our NETWORK6 events takes place at Kings Coffee and Books in Queensberry Street in Dumfries, Thursday July 30th at 6pm and is brought to you in association with NHS Healthy Working Lives.


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Swinney Comments on BoS Jobs Report

Commenting on publication of the Bank of Scotland jobs report for April 2015, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:“We welcome this further evidence that conditions in Scotland’s job market are continuing to improve.

The Bank of Scotland report shows an improving labour market picture for the fifty-fourth consecutive month, with demand for permanent staff continuing to increase.”“The report comes at a time when the Office for National Statistics figures published last week show that Scotland’s jobs market is performing well across a range of measures. They showed that we have the lowest youth unemployment level in seven years, and Scotland currently has the highest employment rate and lowest inactivity rate of all four UK nations.” “This Government is committed to supporting all of Scotland’s businesses and people, by creating the conditions for everyone in Scotland to fulfil their potential”

Help to Guage Health of Tourism in Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries & Galloway Council have commissioned LJ Research to conduct a business confidence survey among tourism businesses in the region. If you are a tourism business owner or manager in the area we would very much like to hear from you to contribute to this vitally important research which will gauge the "health" of the tourism economy in Dumfries & Galloway.

The survey monitors key business trends, like levels of business and business confidence, and also allows you to state what, in your view, the opportunities and threats are for your business. The Council will use the survey findings to target investment and to help businesses grow.

If you participate in the survey, you can opt in to see the insights first and read what other businesses in the area said about their trading conditions and about the threats and opportunities they see in Dumfries & Galloway.

To take the survey please click on the link below. The survey should only take around 10 minutes to complete and all responses remain completely anonymous and non-attributable.