We welcome South of Scotland agency

Published: Thursday, 22nd June 2017

We have welcomed the Scottish Government announcement that a South of Scotland Enterprise Agency is to be launched

The launch will take place in 2020 as part of the Enterprise and Skills Review.

Read the final report

Read the final reports from the Enterprise and Skills Review

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Economic Development

“SBC is delighted that the special economic requirements of the South of Scotland have been recognised, and will be assisted by this new dedicated agency.

“The South of Scotland faces particular challenges such as an ageing population, traditionally lower wages and digital connectivity issues.

“The introduction of the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency means we can tackle these challenges differently, with the new organisation bringing a fresh approach to deliver the best outcome for businesses, learners, communities and individuals.

“The agency will do this through a range of activities which will focus on driving forward the economy and sustaining and growing communities.

“It will also look to develop skills, promote assets and resources and maximise the impact of investment in the area.

“This is an exciting announcement for the Scottish Borders and we will now work with our partners to prepare for the launch of the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency in three years’ time.

“We will also ensure we do everything possible to work with all our partners to deliver more activity in advance of the new Agency.”

Further information

See the Scottish Government’s news release on Strengthening Scotland’s economy.