A thriving economy, with opportunities for everyone
Our local economy continues to show long term signs of recovery, with levels of unemployment remaining lower than the Scottish average, and employment rates higher.
Business is growing in the Scottish Borders
Many tourism and related businesses are already feeling the benefit of the Borders Railway and the region is seeing some exciting investment in diverse sectors including brewing and distilling.
We have an ambitious 10 year capital programme that will impact positively on the local economy, for example the new Great Tapestry of Scotland building in Galashiels.
We are also involved in a range of key partnerships focused on creating a thriving economy with opportunities for everyone:
South of Scotland Economic Partnership
This brings together a range of partners to support economic growth in the south of Scotland and will prepare the ground for the establishment of the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency. This offers an opportunity for greater collaboration and closer working across all sectors.
Edinburgh South East Scotland City Deal
A variety of programmes and projects will be delivered through the Edinburgh South East Scotland City Deal. The Scottish Borders will not only benefit from specific funding but also from a stronger and more vibrant city region, which will help to accelerate growth in the area.
The Borderlands Partnership
This brings together the five cross-border local authorities of Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council to promote the economic growth of the area that straddles the Scotland-England border.
For more details, see our Corporate Plan 2018 -23