Funding award to Aberdeen City Gardens Trust

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Iain Richardson

Dear Scottish Enterprise,

A news release on the Aberdeen City Garden Project website, "Private Sector Funding Signals Green Light for Next Steps in City Garden Project", states that:

"[Aberdeen City Garden Trust] will also receive £375,000 of Scottish Enterprise funding from its available funds for major infrastructure projects."
(Source: http://www.thecitygardenproject.com/news..., accessed 30 April 2011)

Please confirm:

1. Whether this funding amount has in fact been awarded to Aberdeen City Gardens Trust and/or to ACGT Enterprises Limited.
2. The grant scheme under which this money has been / will be awarded.
3. The stages of application, review and approval that this grant award has gone through, including any due diligence review and including the date(s) of each stage.
4. The particular justification for this grant in terms of the Scottish Enterprise Business Plan (2011-2014) or any other published targets or strategy plans of Scottish Enterprise.
5. Any conditions attached to this grant award including any procedures in place for overseeing the activities of Aberdeen City Gardens Trust and/or ACGT Enterprises Limited.
6. The procedures in place for monitoring and auditing expenditure and project deliverables relating to this grant award, including any due dates of project or grant reports.

Yours faithfully,

Professor Iain Richardson
Aberdeen

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Karen Hannah, Scottish Enterprise

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Dear Professor Richardson

Thank you for your request for information, regarding the City Garden
Project, under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

The information is provided below (in blue), in response to your specific
questions.

1. Whether this funding amount has in fact been awarded to Aberdeen City
Gardens Trust and/or to ACGT Enterprises Limited.

SE awarded £375,000 to Aberdeen City Gardens Trust Ltd in March 2011.

2. The grant scheme under which this money has been / will be awarded.

The grant contribution was awarded to Aberdeen City Gardens Trust Ltd
(ACGT) in accordance with Section 8 (1) a) i) of the Enterprise and New
Towns (Scotland) Act 1990. The following is a link to the Act.

[1]http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990...

3. The stages of application, review and approval that this grant award
has gone through, including any due diligence review and including the
date(s) of each stage.

· December 2011: Initial application for the funds was made to
Scottish Enerprise's Single Approval Group (SAG). SAG confirmed that SE
supported the approach.

· 18 January 2011: Paper presented to SAG seeking project
approval. Approval was given subject to conditions.

· 8 February 2011: Revised paper submitted to SAG to satisfy
conditions. Project approved.

· March 2011: Payment of £375,000 was made to Aberdeen City
Garden's Trust.

All necessary due diligence was undertaken by appropriate staff within SE
when putting together the legal offer to ACGT.

4. The particular justification for this grant in terms of the Scottish
Enterprise Business Plan (2011-2014) or any other published targets or
strategy plans of Scottish Enterprise.

Whilst Aberdeen City & Shire is recognised as having a good quality of
life, supporting studies have shown that the lack of cultural amenities
and poor City Centre public realm is adversely effecting the decisions of
skilled individuals to choose to live and work in Aberdeen, particularly
from the competitive global energy market.

SE’s key strategic objective for this project is to help attract and
retain talent, and make Scotland an attractive and marketable location for
skilled individuals seeking to relocate from within the global energy
sector. There is also a strategic rationale to help anchor the existing
oil and gas company investment base in Scotland, particularly as these
global companies internationalise and diversify into the renewable energy
sector. By supporting the City Garden Project, SE is helping to develop
Aberdeen as an attractive location by addressing the lack of cultural
attractions and iconic architecture in the City Centre and in creating a
defined Cultural Quarter. When complete, this project will create a
greater use mix within the City Centre, increase connectivity and
encourage a stronger daytime economy.

Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future (ACSEF) stated in their Economic
Manifesto that redeveloping the City Centre was one of 7 key priorities
for the Region. ACSEF has also confirmed that it considers the City Garden
Project to be a flagship project for the Aberdeen economy.

5. Any conditions attached to this grant award including any procedures in
place for overseeing the activities of Aberdeen City Gardens Trust
and/or ACGT Enterprises Limited.

A copy of the signed legal agreement which sets out all the terms and
conditions of the award is attached.

6. The procedures in place for monitoring and auditing expenditure and
project deliverables relating to this grant award, including any due dates
of project or grant reports.

Clause 6 and 7 of the attached legal agreement deals with monitoring and
auditing of the grant contribution.

I trust that this has answered your questions sufficiently. However,
should you require anything further please get back in touch.

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Yours sincerely

Karen Hannah

Karen Hannah
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