South of Scotland Regional Economic Strategy

Development of the first South of Scotland Regional Economic Strategy is currently underway, and has the potential to direct development resources and funding to building a renewed South of Scotland. Businesses and community organisations operating in the South of Scotland are encouraged to communicate their needs and views so that these can be incorporated in strategy development. Please complete the short survey available at https://sosrep.dumgal.gov.uk/article/21954/Get-involved or communicate your thoughts to sosrep@sose.scot.

The intended outcomes of the strategy are:- strengthening the identity of the region, boosting its current and future businesses, helping those who make much of the region's natural resources and high environmental values (farming, forestry and fishing, outdoor recreation and tourism, and the many added value industries that utilise these natural resources), strengthening it physical infrastructures (harbours, roads and railways; renewable energy; digital connectivity), expanding industry and encouraging more high-end manufacturing, and empowering its many and diverse communities and the rich culture of the Borderlands.

Crick sits as a member of the South of Scotland Regional Economic Partnership (SOSREP) (as one of the five "communities, third sector and social enterprise" members, but also drawing on his fishery and seafood industry knowledge). Further information on the REP's structure, mandate and focus is available at https://sosrep.dumgal.gov.uk/.

The SOSREP has been established to guide and direct the development and implementation of a Regional Economic Strategy (RES) for the South of Scotland (the area covered by the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway Councils - running from the Berwickshire coast to the Solway Firth).

The strategy is intended to inform all other strategies for the next 10 to 20 years, including those of the Councils, SOSE, the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal and the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal. It will also inform the South of Scotland Spatial Strategy (currently in draft form), and the work of the Convention of South of Scotland, amongst others. So getting it right is important.

High on the list of elements to be addressed are driving inclusive, sustainable, green growth, and a just transition – encouraging business growth, better management and conservation of natural resources and making better use of the region’s natural resources, improving business infrastructures, skills, and physical infrastructure.