Published: Thursday, 30th March 2017
The Scottish Government has agreed our proposals for the use of £3.625million on business infrastructure projects in the town and has formally released the funding to us.
The funding followed the development of the initial Hawick Action Plan by:
- Scottish Enterprise
- Scottish Government
- local businesses and community groups
As part of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, the town was allocated the share of a £10m fund, with the stipulation that the funding must be committed to projects by 31 March 2017.
Hawick Action Plan proposals
The proposals, submitted to the Scottish Government earlier this month, include the immediate development of key sites. There will then be a second phase including feasibility studies for some other prominent sites.
It is proposed that these second phase sites are presented as priorities for the new South of Scotland Enterprise and Skills Vehicle.
It is anticipated these projects will provide:
- new job opportunities
- further potential property development
Due to ongoing negotiations, which are commercially sensitive, specific details of the projects cannot be released at this time.
Scottish Borders Council spokesperson
“A significant amount of work has been undertaken by officers in conjunction with the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Elected Members to prepare the project proposals and we are delighted that the Scottish Government has now released the funding for the immediate development of a number of key sites.
“The funding from the Scottish Government came with a specific focus in terms of its use, which has meant that some projects suggested by the local community were not suitable.
“However, we remain committed to the wider Hawick Action Plan and to working with a range of partners, including key organisations in the town, to revitalise its economy and drive further inward investment and tourism.”