This was posted to Slack:
Given the size and “importance” of the project, it’s extremely likely that everything will be run through the same multinational companies, who are likely to use their normal (non-regional) resources to deliver. Maybe we’ll see a bit of trickle-down of that £75m being spent on smaller projects using regional companies, but I’m expecting that we (as a region) are not going to actually directly enjoy a great deal of that £75 million.
What is does provide, however, is an opportunity to surf on the publicity and promote the region as an area of vibrant technological development. Money follows money, so what can we all do the try and attract investment in the region, rather than just in the region?