Investing in the local economy

The economic priorities for the Borders was the focus of attention when Scottish Enterprise’s chief executive visited the region.

Top of the agenda, when Dr Lena Wilson met Scottish Borders councillors, was the need for investment, plus the economic development programme for the south of Scotland submitted to the Scottish Government during the summer.

Councillors highlighted local concerns about the role of Scottish Enterprise and its ability to invest in the Scottish Borders and afterwards Dr Wilson said: “I was able to explain how our focus on international competitiveness and encouraging companies to think about new ideas, new services and new markets, can help support growth in the Borders. I also shared how we’ve been able to use our staff’s experience and expertise, our networks in Scotland and overseas, and our research to add real value to local economic partnerships in other parts of Scotland.”

Councillor Stuart Bell, executive member for economic development said: “Following on from concerns raised at council meetings last year, I was reassured to meet with Lena Wilson and her senior management team. It helped me understand more clearly what Scottish Enterprise is trying to achieve, and I am sure that it helped Dr Wilson understand some of the opportunities, and the ambition that we have for the Scottish Borders.

“Close partnership working between the council and Scottish Enterprise will be crucial in future if we are to grow our economy and support local businesses.”