Our corporate priorities

Corporate Priority one - Sustainable Economic Growth

Our aim

We are committed to promoting creating conditions for successful businesses, improving connectivity, supporting businesses and entrepreneurs, and also supporting promoting the shift to a low carbon economy.

Our achievements

  • last year, our Business Gateway service helped create almost 250 new businesses
  • in 2015-16 we awarded businesses, loans and grants totalling over £270k
  • our business loans and grants created 55 jobs and safeguarded a further 86
  • we agreed a deal with the global Information Communication Technology (ICT) company CGI to deliver our IT requirements to support our work into the future, our most significant deal to date. Included in the deal is a new delivery Centre of Excellence bringing 200 new jobs and over £100m to the local economy
  • 220 new affordable houses were delivered during 2015-16 taking the total of homes delivered the last four years to 467
  • we have reduced our processing time of planning applications which helps inward investors, local trades, and in turn, the local economy
  • wast year we assisted over 70 local festivals enhancing the vibrancy of our towns and tourism offering

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We are committed to:

  • maximising the economic impact of the Borders Railway  across the area
  • supporting as many business as possible to thrive and grow
  • continuing to reduce the time taken for planning decisions, whilst maintaining our high quality environment
  • getting the maximum Community Benefit through our own contracts such as Modern Apprenticeships through our Flood Protection works

Our plans include:

  • progressing the Borders Railway Blueprint priority projects, with particular focus on inward investment including looking at the establishment of the initial phases of the Central Borders Business Park
  • digital transformation – Continuing to maximise the opportunities from the new contract with global IT company CGI, improving connectivity and the provision of online services
  • supporting the local construction sector – through investment in construction projects such as schools and housing
  • prioritising tourism and  delivering actions within the Cycle Tourism Strategy
  • working with partners in the South East of Scotland to secure a City Region Deal programme and funding for the Scottish Borders. (The six local authorities that make up the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City region are working collectively on a bid to the UK and Scottish Governments for a City Region Deal. The City Region Deal is a mechanism for accelerating growth by pulling in significant government investment)

Some of this work is part of our Corporate Transformation programme to modernise the way we work to ensure we continue to deliver high-quality and improved services, despite financial challenges.

Information on Corporate transformation