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Klin Group’s Marie Macklin recognised as Business Woman of the Year

Marie Macklin

Marie Macklin

Marie Macklin C.B.E., owner and executive chair of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, has been announced as the Business Women Scotland (BWS) and Women’s Enterprise Scotland’s (WES) Business Woman of the Year.

The prestigious accolade was presented to Marie at the awards ceremony last night at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.

Before establishing Macklin Enterprise Partnerships in 2015, Marie transformed The Klin Group, a construction business, founded by her father, into an entrepreneurial property development company engaged in economic and social transformation in Scotland. After acquiring it in 2003, Marie was the first developer to locate a Wm. Morrison Supermarkets PLC in Scotland as part of an £85 million regeneration development.

Marie is also founder and director of The HALO Kilmarnock Ltd, a regeneration initiative to revitalise the centre of Kilmarnock and support the growth and resilience of the Ayrshire economy. This multi-faceted regeneration of a 23-acre site, formerly the Johnnie Walker bottling plant, will generate over £53m in GDP for Kilmarnock and £65m for Scotland. The development will stimulate over 1,800 jobs.

Marie is also founder and director of The HALO Belfast Ltd, which aims to bring the HALO concept to the Northern Irish capital and is currently consulting with local communities to ensure that this development meets the needs of local people.

In November 2016, Marie was recognised by the Scottish Business Awards as Female Business Leader of the Year. In March 2017, Marie was named Non-Executive Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors Scotland (IoD), for her engagement with Appointedd. She received her C.B.E. in 2014 for services to Economic Regeneration and Entrepreneurship in Scotland.

On receiving the award, Marie said: “It is fantastic to be recognised as Business Woman of the Year by an organisation that I truly value and support. I am passionate about supporting entrepreneurs but even more so about encouraging women to take on leading roles within business as that will truly help to grow Scotland’s economy. I hope that my achievements encourage other female entrepreneurs to be ambitious and dream big.”

UK government backs HALO project with £3.5m investment

HALO Urban Park 2The HALO regeneration project which aims to create a commercial, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter on the former Diageo bottling plant in Kilmarnock has received a funding boost from the UK government.

As part of the UK government’s industrial strategy, ministers are investing £3.5 million in the Klin Group scheme to create a new innovation hub with a strong focus on innovation, digital skills, and cyber security.

The wider project will see the first commercial deep geothermal heat pump installed in the UK for nearly 30 years, providing green energy to nearby homes and businesses.

Other plans include creating office space and retail areas to attract businesses into Kilmarnock, as well as affordable homes.

Announcing the funding, Scottish secretary David Mundell said: “This £3.5m investment, part of the UK government’s industrial strategy, will help create an innovation hub at the heart of this ambitious regeneration project. The scheme has huge potential to transform the Ayrshire economy, drive businesses innovation and attract new talent to the region.”

East Ayrshire Council adds backing to regeneration of former Diageo site

HALO Urban ParkA landmark regeneration plan that could create around 1,000 permanent new jobs on the site of the former Diageo bottling plant in Kilmarnock was today given the backing of East Ayrshire Council.

The “HALO” Urban Park project, spearheaded by Kilmarnock-based developers Klin Group, will be mainly funded by the private sector but has already secured financial backing from the site’s owners, Diageo, who have pledged £2m to support the proposed regeneration and to donate the 23 acres of land, subject to the project meeting certain economic and community benefit goals and securing financial backing from central government.

Today, East Ayrshire Council also approved £2m of support for the project.

Klin Group, who were the original visionaries for the Hill Street site and who secured an option to develop the site from Diageo, said the imaginative, brown field regeneration scheme is set to revitalise Kilmarnock and boost the wider economy of Ayrshire.

Plans for the Urban Park proposal that will create a commercial, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter for Kilmarnock include:

  • A Resilience Capability Business Centre for digital and online resilience businesses in research, development and application, locating innovators in financial services, private investors, insurance and technology companies
  • An enterprise, engineering, manufacturing and textiles centre for small and medium sized businesses
  • 1,000 capacity education, conference and exhibition centre (benefiting local schools, colleges and universities)
  • A cultural hub for small creative businesses and social enterprises in crafts, film, art, music, media, literature, marketing and technology
  • A year-round leisure and water sports facility
  • 3,000m2 of commercial offices
  • Health & wellbeing premises, life-style shops and cafes
  • Landscaped public plaza
  • 175 affordable rented houses
  • An energy centre powering a district heating system
  • Public space including new road and footpath networks connecting to the Rail Station and town centre.

HALO Urban Park 2Capitalising on the site’s rail and motorway links, the HALO proposal will be a phased development that will create around 1,000 sustainable jobs and complement the adjoining newly built Ayrshire College.

The local authority will now seek a further £10m financial support for the scheme from the Scottish and UK governments through the Ayrshire Growth Deal. The HALO project is one of a number of economic regeneration projects the council is putting forward, alongside North and South Ayrshire Councils, for funding totalling £359m through the Ayrshire Growth Deal.

Marie Macklin, chair of Klin Group, said: “Kilmarnock deserves the very best for this iconic site and that is what we are setting out to deliver. We listened carefully to what the people of the town had to say and the HALO Project will provide a fitting and sustainable legacy for the Hill Street site that will last for generations of Kilmarnock residents to come.”

David Cutter, President of Global Supply & Procurement at Diageo plc, said: “We are delighted to partner with East Ayrshire Council to support this regeneration proposal for Kilmarnock. Our ambition has always been to see this site redeveloped to the benefit of the local economy and community.

“Alongside the new college campus which is due to open soon at the site, we believe this regeneration plan will create a positive legacy for Kilmarnock and we hope it will gain the necessary support from the Ayrshire Growth Deal to make it a reality.”

Douglas Reid, leader of East Ayrshire Council, said: “These proposals are a key element of East Ayrshire Council’s ambitions for the Ayrshire Growth Deal and will greatly contribute to the regeneration of Kilmarnock, breathing new life into the remainder of the site previously occupied by the Johnnie Walker bottling plant.”