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Grigor and Young Celebrates 190 Years

That the Parliament congratulates the Moray solicitors and estate agents, Grigor and Young, on celebrating its 190th year in business; notes that William Grigor practised as a solicitor on his own account and was joined by Robert Young to found Grigor and Young; recognises that the business has offices in Elgin and Forres and provides a wide range of legal and estate agency services to people throughout Moray; welcomes that a proud legacy has been built by a valued Moray law firm, and wishes the partners and staff of Grigor and Young well for the future.

Supported by: Gail Ross, Emma Harper, Sandra White, Joan McAlpine, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Tom Mason, Bill Kidd, Clare Haughey, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin


Forsyths Wins Queen’s Award for Business Enterprise

That the Parliament congratulates the Moray business, Forsyths Ltd, on winning the Queen’s Award for Business Enterprise in the International Trade category; recognises that the award is presented to British businesses that excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development; notes that the Managing Director, Richard Forsyth, is the fourth generation of the family involved in running the business; understands that the Rothes-based company, which was established in 1890, has a highly regarded reputation for providing distillation and oil and gas equipment worldwide; thanks Forsyths for its contribution to the Moray and Scottish economies over the last 128 years, and wishes Richard and all the staff at Forsyths well for the future.

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Richard Lyle, Edward Mountain, Emma Harper, Colin Beattie, Stewart Stevenson, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Gillian Martin, Gail Ross, Tom Mason, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Haughey, Alexander Burnett, Fulton MacGregor, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur, Ruth Maguire


Outfit Moray

That the Parliament congratulates Outfit Moray on receiving a £9,451 Awards for All Scotland grant; notes the group will use the funding to provide free outward-bound type activities for 240 young people aged between eight and 18 in a number of locations throughout Moray; understands that the project aims to introduce young people to the outdoors and increase the confidence and skills of those taking part; acknowledges that the group allows young people to participate in outdoor activities such as rock climbing, surfing, kayaking, abseiling, mountain biking and much more; recognises the importance of enabling young people to have an active lifestyle, and thanks Outfit Moray for the great work that it does in changing the lives of young people in Moray.

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Joan McAlpine, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Sandra White, Ash Denham, Emma Harper, Clare Haughey, Rona Mackay, Richard Lyle, Ivan McKee, Mark McDonald, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, David Torrance, Gillian Martin, Gail Ross, Jenny Gilruth, Alexander Burnett, Tom Arthur


Mike Lord, Keeper of the Quaich

That the Parliament congratulates Mike Lord, owner of The Whisky Shop in Dufftown, on becoming a Keeper of the Quaich; notes that the Keepers of the Quaich is an exclusive and international society that recognises those who have shown outstanding commitment to the Scotch whisky industry; understands that the society recognises people who go above and beyond the call of duty to produce or promote whisky, and honours them with the title, Keeper of the Quaich; recognises that Mike bought The Whisky Shop, which offers a selection of over 600 whiskies and related items, in 2006; thanks Mike for his continuing contribution to the whisky industry, and wishes him great success in the future.

Supported by: Mark McDonald, Clare Haughey, Bill Kidd, Ash Denham, Richard Lyle, Graeme Dey, Fulton MacGregor, Emma Harper, Rona Mackay, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Gillian Martin, Gail Ross, Alexander Burnett, Tom Arthur


Ensuring Appropriate Community Benefit from Onshore Wind Farm Developments

That the Parliament welcomes the reported growth in renewable energy production in Moray and throughout Scotland; recognises what it sees as the importance of renewable energy for a low-carbon future; considers that renewable energy presents a unique opportunity to use local renewable resources to create regeneration, empowerment and financial benefits for communities; understands that, according to Local Energy Scotland, over £15 million in community benefit has been paid in 2018, up to 9 May, averaging over £5,675 per MW for recent projects; considers that these financial resources empower communities; notes that, although community benefit can be delivered in various forms, the national standard for community benefit from onshore wind farm developments is £5,000 per MW; recognises that some companies deliver or exceed this but many others do not, resulting in a very inconsistent picture across Scotland, and notes the reported concerns of communities at these inconsistencies and issues, such as the need for written agreements and management of funds, including retrospectively, to recognise that the exploitation of natural resources to produce renewable energy must adequately benefit and empower communities.

Supported by: Ivan McKee, Liam McArthur, Graeme Dey, Richard Lyle, Ash Denham, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, James Dornan, Clare Haughey, John Mason, David Torrance, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, Gail Ross, Jenny Gilruth, Alexander Burnett R, Fulton MacGregor, Rona Mackay, Joan McAlpine, Tom Arthur, Stewart Stevenson R


Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support
Glen Moray Award-winning Whisky

That the Parliament congratulates Glen Moray Distillery in Elgin on winning the Best Scotch Speyside Single Cask Single Malt category at the World Whiskies Awards; recognises that the award was given for the 1994 Sherry Cask Finish, for which only the finest Oloroso casks are used to mature the malt; notes that the Elgin Classic's unmistakable vanilla and light oak is still evident but, with vibrant dried fruit and earthy, nutty notes of the sherry, the finish is multi-faceted; welcomes that Glen Moray has been distilling whisky since 1897, and thanks the distillery for its contribution to the Moray economy over the last 121 years.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Graeme Dey, Ash Denham, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Edward Mountain, Stuart McMillan, Jenny Gilruth, Richard Lyle, Stewart Stevenson, Fulton MacGregor, Sandra White, Gillian Martin, Tom Arthur, Ruth Maguire, Ivan McKee


Benromach Distillery in Forres

That the Parliament congratulates Benromach Distillery in Forres on winning the Best Scotch Speyside Single Malt category at the World Whiskies Awards; recognises that it was the Benromach 15-year-old that won the accolade during a presentation at the Waldorf Hotel in London; notes that the single malt has a golden amber colour, thanks to its long maturation in sherry and bourbon casks; further congratulates the distillery on reaching its 20th anniversary after having been extensively refurbished and re-opened in 1998; welcomes the release of the new Benromach 20th anniversary bottling single malt, which was distilled in the first year of production, with only 3,000 of the limited edition bottles being available worldwide; thanks Benromach for its contribution to the Moray economy, and wishes the distillery well for the next 20 years and beyond.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Clare Haughey, James Dornan, Ash Denham, David Torrance, Graeme Dey, Edward Mountain, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Jenny Gilruth, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Sandra White, Gillian Martin, Tom Mason, Tom Arthur, Ruth Maguire, Ivan McKee


Kiara Ross, Scottish and UK Career Ready Student of the Year

That the Parliament congratulates 17-year-old Kiara Ross from Elgin, on being named Scottish Student of the Year at the Career Ready graduation in Perth, and also UK Student of the Year at the National Career Ready UK Awards in London; understands that, after becoming disengaged with school life in S4, and following regular exclusions, Kiara realised she would not achieve her ambition of becoming a family lawyer if she continued her pattern of behaviour; recognises that Kiara started the Career Ready programme in February 2016 and since then has overcome personal challenges, turned her academic life around, increased her confidence and has four conditional offers to study law at university; notes that Career Ready aims to increase employment chances for young people, increase the number of young people who are ready for the world of work and increase the number of sustainable education-business relationships; praises Kiara, who is now an ambassador for the Career Ready programme, for her hard work and determination, and wishes her well in her future career.

Supported by: Monica Lennon, Graeme Dey, Sandra White, Ash Denham, Emma Harper, David Torrance, Clare Haughey, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Gillian Martin, Bill Kidd, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur, Ruth Maguire, Ivan McKee


Jennifer Walker, STEM Student of the Year

That the Parliament congratulates Jennifer Walker, who is from Milne’s High School in Moray, on being awarded STEM Student of the Year in the science category at the National Career Ready UK Awards in London; notes that Jennifer was presented with the award for her commitment to STEM learning; recognises that she was mentored by Brian McAuley at Chivas Brothers; notes that Career Ready aims to increase employment chances for young people, increase the number of young people who are ready for the world of work and increase the number of sustainable education-business relationships; applauds Jennifer for her inspirational work within science, and wishes her well for the future.

Supported by: Edward Mountain, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Ash Denham, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Clare Haughey, Graeme Dey, George Adam, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Sandra White, Gillian Martin, Tom Mason, Tom Arthur, Stuart McMillan, Ruth Maguire, Ivan McKee


Congratulates Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere on Completion of Project

That the Parliament congratulates Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere Heritage Experience and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) on the successful completion of its project; understands that the project linked Ladyhill Castle, Elgin Cathedral and the internationally renowned Johnston’s of Elgin Cashmere Mill; recognises that, over the course of the two-year project, Elgin benefited from over £3,000,000 of public and private investment; notes that this investment was used to transform the town centre through the restoration of buildings, monuments and public realm works; further notes that the projects have attracted over 21,000 participants, 191 volunteers and 31,000 visitors to Ladyhill, following the addition of the new all abilities access path; recognises that this work has brought over a thousand years of history to life through different exciting mediums and events; considers the project to have invigorated and enhanced local culture and heritage; commends the work and investment of the many volunteers, participants, organisations and staff that contributed to the success of the project, and celebrates their success and the impact that these projects have had on Elgin.

Supported by: Edward Mountain, Joan McAlpine, Sandra White, Graeme Dey, Clare Haughey, Ash Denham, Stewart Stevenson, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Clare Adamson, Ruth Maguire, Fulton MacGregor, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, David Torrance, Tom Arthur, Ivan McKee