Praises for new economic agency operational plans

South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) has published their Operational Plan for 20/21, the first ever Operational Plan since the agency was established earlier this year. They have been working closely with Dumfries and Galloway Council, Borders Council and other key partners to produce the plan which they hope will kick start the region’s recovery from the pandemic.

Cllr Thompson commented,

“After recent years of groundwork by the South of Scotland Alliance featuring elected members from Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scottish Borders Council, and representatives from business and other sectors, we’ve shown that by working together with clear focus and by putting the key evidence-based propositions rather than a rambling wish-list to the Depute First Minister, we can achieve a more effective enterprise body tailored to meet our priorities. The support of our South Scotland MSPs in getting this through parliament has been significant.”

Commenting Ms McAlpine said,

“The new operating plan from South of Scotland Enterprise is most welcome – thanks to the coronavirus there’s never been a greater need for the support this agency can offer.

“Our region has been badly hit by the pandemic with businesses facing unprecedented pressures, especially as it relies heavily on tourism and hospitality businesses, some of the worst affected.

“The plan focusses heavily on economic recovery, protecting vital jobs and supporting communities. I welcome its commitment to partnership working and its ambitious vision to maximise opportunities and showcase the region to the rest of the world.

“I campaigned for a long time for an economic development agency for the south of Scotland so I’m so relieved it’s been established just in time to support the re-opening of the region and to help get our economy back on its feet.”

The full SOSE Operational Plan is at this link: