Scottish businesses are being urged to support a £2 million fundraising campaign to establish a digital skills academy to be known as the Heroes Centre in Helensburgh, the birthplace of television founder John Logie Baird.

Actor Lex Shrapnel, who starred in the recent BBC television series Hunted and whose grandmother, the film legend Deborah Kerr, was born in Helensburgh, has become an ambassador for the campaign.

The Scottish Government has welcomed the initiative, saying it would give "the next generation of Scots a creative environment to acquire new media skills and expertise."

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The Heroes Centre is the brainchild of Phil Worms, an IT industry veteran of 25 years and director of Helensburgh Heroes.