The Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce has reported a significant rise in its membership.
Delivering his annual report, convener Jack Clark said significantly rising membership showed that Borders businesses were seeing the benefits of being part of an organisation.
Quarterly meetings are taking place with Scottish representatives of the Bank of England to give feedback on Borders commercial activity on a sectorial basis.
He added: “Quarterly meetings are also being held with the area’s elected MPs and MSPs to discuss all aspects of Borders business, which have proved very productive”.
He reported that chamber was actively involved with a number of projects and initiatives, including setting up of a Community Rail Partnership for the south of Scotland.
“We are also involved in increasing the marketing of the Borders to the tourism sector,” he said. “Work is also ongoing with the Education Department to help students with career paths, work experience and graduate placement. It is also hoped that the chamber will be able to launch a mentoring scheme for members later in the year”.
“The directors,” he added, “are striving to provide a platform to promote Borders businesses, large and small and bring a louder voice of Border Commerce into the Political arena”.
The Chamber is also holding informal lunch meetings on the last Friday of the month, with short talks from invited speakers and time for some useful networking.