“HALO is about being ‘disruptive‘ and ’rocking the economy‘ to create practical advantages for local communities. We like to think and act as pioneers and stretch traditional regeneration boundaries”.
Marie Macklin CBE, HALO Founder
The founder of HALO, Marie Macklin CBE, is a Scotland-born entrepreneur with a career in finance, construction, property development and now established as one of Scotland’s new generation of entrepreneurs and business angels. HALO Kilmarnock is the first of four planned for the UK, linked through vision and innovation, sharing experience and successes and aligning initiatives for the economic and social benefit of the communities around them in Wales, the north of England and Northern Ireland. The intention is for HALO to be global in perspective, to inspire new approaches to economic transformation, to address local needs, to stimulate innovative and entrepreneurial business and to facilitate learning and employability, particularly among the young.
HALO offers an exciting new identity for these sites and their surrounding communities; an identity founded in innovation, enterprise and education in a setting where people can be stimulated and empowered to work, live, learn and play; an identity whose largest economic asset is the untapped social capital of the local communities at whose beating heart each HALO development will sit. Marie and her team are now working with specially selected business partners and some of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, to complete a unique transformation. Financial backing has already been secured from the UK and Scottish Governments, from local Government, and Diageo the former owners of the land. If you want to be a part of HALO’s beating heart, please visit HALO #RockMe page.
HALO is a development for the Digital Age providing unique space and opportunities for cyber-learning to equip a generation with the knowledge and skills for tomorrow’s jobs. It will create a dynamic, commercial, educational, cultural leisure and lifestyle quarter in each of its locations, supported by innovative renewable energy.
HALO is about giving our youth and entrepreneurs a base to grow and scale up their businesses, giving them access to funding, networks, experts in business and creating employment opportunities.