How to play your part

Thriving economy

Over the next 5 years   

Our plan Your part

Work with partners to create the best possible environment in which to do business, using the new South of Scotland Enterprise  Agency and Borderlands and City Deal* (including delivering the Central Borders Business Park) to encourage:

  • inward investment
  • growth
  • diversification
  • innovation
  • job creation
  • Engage with us through events and business networks
  • Tell us what your business needs to grow and thrive
  • Work with other businesses in your local area
  • Take up the support we offer through Business Gateway

Find out more about our work with businesses.

Continue to lobby for high speed broadband and improved digital connectivity in all our communities - benefiting everyone

Support our work and engage with your MP and your MSP to ensure we ALL get well connected!

Find your MP
Find your MSP

Use the new “City Deal” to improve the skills of young people leaving school and those further from the labour market

Provide work experience for young people


Take on a Modern Apprentice

  • Spend as much money as we can sustainably and locally
  • Publish all contract opportunities
  • Run events and training to build local capacity

Attend events, use our services (including Business Gateway) and bid for contracts.

Get advice and support for your business

Selling to the council

Attract as much funding as we can to improve our town centres (which we’ve done successfully in  Kelso, Selkirk and Jedburgh)

Shop locally in your town centre and use your local businesses.

Support and promote local events and attractions in an inclusive way, celebrating and building on our unique culture and heritage.

Celebrate your unique community and support local events and attractions.

Continue to invest in capital projects across the region including:

  • new schools
  • affordable and extra care housing
  • visitor attractions
  • care service

Tell us what you need from new developments, and engage with us as projects develop.

Join in Area Partnership discussions, consult our planning portal or contact Planning Aid Scotland.


Support the case for the extension of Borders Rail and Reston station.

Lend your support too:

Campaign for Borders Railway
Rail Action Group East of Scotland (RAGES)

Work to maintain a sustainable bus network.

Use and support your local bus service and work with us to develop innovative ways of delivering sustainably into the future.

Find out more about local bus services.

Promote the Borders positively at every opportunity.

Promote the Scottish Borders positively at every opportunity