Edinburgh Local

Proud to be part of the City Region Deal

Data-Driven Innovation is a major part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

Map of Scotland highlighting the city and south east regions
Map of Scotland highlighting the city and south east regions

Finalised in August 2018, the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal is a UK and Scottish government-led investment in the region where 24% of Scotland’s population live, designed to accelerate productivity and inclusive growth through the funding of infrastructure, skills and innovation.

The Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region comprises six local authorities and is home to almost a quarter of Scotland’s population. The city region contributes approximately £36 billion per year to the Scottish and UK economies. But prosperity and success are not universal across the city region: 22.4% of children live in poverty; there is a lack of mid-market and affordable housing; and too many people are unable to move on from low wage/low skill jobs. The City Region Deal will address these issues; it will accelerate growth, create new economic opportunities, and meaningful new jobs that will help to reduce inequalities.

The UK and Scottish governments, and regional partners are investing £1.1bn over 10 years in transport, housing, culture, skills and employability and innovation. The regional partners include the six local authorities of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, West Lothian, Fife and the Scottish Borders, plus universities and colleges in the region.

The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University are leading on the delivery of the Data-Driven Innovation component, which was included in the Deal in recognition of the region’s strengths in technology and data science, the growing importance of the data economy for everyone, and the need to tackle the digital skills gap.

The Data-Driven Innovation Programme is aligned to the City Region Deal’s Skills and Employability component, which will improve our citizens’ digital skills through working with schools, further and higher education, employers, and training providers.

City Region Deal logo
City Region Deal logo


Find out more

Visit the DDI website.