ECONOMIC diversification and the right attitude is needed for Moray to bridge the gap left by the RAF’s withdrawal from Kinloss.
Although around 500 jobs have been created since the announcement that the air base would close, there is still some way to go to regenerate the area and broaden the business base that is required for a more stable and dynamic financial future.
Jim Royan, chairman of the Moray Economic Partnership, said given the position in October, 2010 when both Moray’s RAF bases were under threat of closure, a considerable amount of effort had been given to securing the future of the Lossiemouth base, bringing the Army to Kinloss and in the creation of the 500 jobs across a variety of sectors.
"This time last year we wouldn’t expect to be where we are now," said Mr Royan.
"And the reality is that while there aren’t so many people with the Army coming as there were with the RAF at its peak, it’s important to remember there are still 800 men at Kinloss Barracks.
"It’s not quite RAF Kinloss at its’ peak but the 500 jobs is going some way to closing that gap.
"That happening in 12 months is extremely helpful for the local economy."
Read the full and exclusive interview with Jim Royan in 'The Northern Scot' newspaper.