Menu
 
Home | News | Wishlist for south’s economic prosperity: Partnership holds another round of meetings this month
 
News | 13th June 2019
 

Wishlist for south’s economic prosperity: Partnership holds another round of meetings this month

 
 
 

A WISHLIST for the south of Scotland’s future economic growth will be discussed at a meeting in Langholm tomorrow.
The South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SoSEP) will host the event in the Buccleuch Centre at 6.45pm, during which it will highlight the feedback given during a consultation last year.
SoSEP was established by the Scottish government in 2017 and is a forerunner of the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency, expected to be up and running in April 2020.
The partnership is committed to delivering a strong programme of engagement with stakeholders to ensure they influence the work programme and inform the proposals for the agency.
It is working with businesses to understand the existing issues and opportunities and how best to address these in driving inclusive growth in the area.
Consultation events are being held until early July 2019 for the public and industry professionals. The meeting in Newcastleton is at 6.45pm on Thursday, June 27 in the village hall.
Full details and booking information are at http://www.sup.org.uk/sosep.asp
Feedback from the 2018 events was fed into the Scottish government’s consultation on the formation of the agency.
A summary report was published which reflected on the events and feedback received. The main outcomes are:

• the economy of the south of Scotland is different, not necessarily weaker;
• the profile of the south of Scotland needs to be addressed;
• a focus on the needs of young people is essential to counter an aging demographic, with concerns over sustainable housing and employment;
• the provision of training, which develops the skills of those seeking work, is essential to secure sustainable employment and business goals;
• the provision of better transport connectivity is required;
• diverse support from the new agency should be wide-ranging, easily accessible and transparent;
• focus on strengthening individual communities, making the area an exemplar for inclusive growth;
• digital connectivity remains a challenge, mostly around take-up, exploitation and securing economic advantage;
• the suggested geographic area is correct but must reach every part of the area;
• a sector-specific approach is vital and prioritised sectors should be the ones which deliver the strongest economy in the future;
• there is a need to collect accurate data for the area.

The South of Scotland enterprise bill was passed unanimously by Parliament last week.
Joan McAlpine, South of Scotland SNP MSP, described it as “a momentous day”.
She secured a late change to the bill to acknowledge the powerful role played by cultural and natural heritage in the area’s economy.
Ms McAlpine, convener of the culture, tourism, Europe and external relations committee, highlighted the work of projects like The Stove Network, Midsteeple Quarter Project and Creative Futures which use cultural programmes to drive economic regeneration and community development work in Dumfries.
During the parliamentary debate, she said: “Art and culture play an important role in engaging and energising communities and community development which is very much in the spirit of what we’re doing with this bill.
“The south was an important player in Scotland’s early textile industry, its agriculture and forestry sectors are thriving and it has a growing tourism industry.
“It has a diverse business base, much of which is small and family-owned. The economic seeds are there and, with the right nurturing, can flourish.”
Colin Smyth, South of Scotland Labour MSP, also secured changes which will ensure the agency is more locally accountable.
His proposal makes it a legal requirement for the agency to consult people, including the two councils, on its proposed action plan and performance and ensure the agency reviews the action plan at least every five years.
Other changes he secured included strengthening its objectives to cover improving transport and digital connectivity and supporting social enterprises.
The government also agreed to ensure workers had a voice in running the agency with a commitment to establish a workers’ interest committee to advise the agency and the board would include members with knowledge or experience of workers’ issues such as trade unions.
Mr Smyth said: “We need an agency for the south, from the south. Unless it finds local solutions to the local challenges and opportunities facing the economy and communities, the agency will not deliver.
“It’s time to get on with setting up the agency and making sure it delivers.”


 
 
Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
 
 
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

Residents distressed over military exercise

And fears over shooting ranges operating without permission

 

Second year of devastation for Newcastleton

Up to 30 homes flooded as river Liddel burst banks

 

Langholm groups reap rewards from the wind

Thousands are paid by the Ewe Hill 6 windfarm to…

 

A big surprise

Congratulations to Rowanburn couple

 

Study identifies top 10 projects for funding

Nearly 1,000 ideas proposed on how to use windfarm grants

 

Operation to change boy’s life costs £25k

Joshua turned down in Scotland but Liverpool hospital steps in

 

Do not feed

Horse nearly dies from treats

 

Sports centre redesign is to be scaled back

Flood plain and funding challenge force rethink on Townfoot

 

Feedback will aid bridge plan

Developer seeks views on active travel

 

Multi-purpose centre will attract thousands

Langholm’s regeneration is on track for an enterprising future

 

GP practices join list of vaccination venues

Over 70s can be vaccinated in the first two weeks…

 

No police here

Crimes go unreported and unrecorded

 

Mass testing deployed after cases spike at 41

Langholm and Eskdale has highest number of cases in district

 

New company will run nature reserve

Estate manager will be recruited to implement moorland plan

 

Course to help women set up their own business comes to Liddesdale

LIDDESDALE has been chosen as one of three rural areas…

 

Eskdale COVID-19 cases second highest

Esk valley comes second only to Gretna in the whole…

 

Rail group argues its case to UK review body

Extension to Carlisle will bring economic and social benefits

 

Over 80s welcome call to receive vaccination

The most elderly in Langholm will be vaccinated from next…

 

A danner for Doddie

DODDIE Weir’s story has touched the rugby world. He played…

 

EWM is sold but not all jobs will be saved

CRITICISM has been levelled at the way Tuesday’s sale of…

 

Kerry’s passion for town lands her the dream job

THE Langholm Alliance has announced the appointment of its project…

 

A Kiwi Christmas

Langholm lass sends positive vibes from a land down under

 

More infectious virus forces new lockdown

Measures close schools and businesses as vaccine is rolled out

 

Better early warning system to be devised

Newcastleton villagers are urged to protect their own houses

 

Ploughing halted after breach of conditions

Forestry watchdog steps in to investigate the loss of deep…

 

From King Herod to the Grinch ....

A Christmas message from Rev Morag Crossan

 

Have yourself a Merry LITTLE Christmas now

It’s a Level Four lockdown from Saturday

 

Reindeer are flying

ALAN Miller’s new tartan reindeer are flying off the shelves…

 

Kevin moves to new post

But he will keep an eye on moor

 

New looms help secure Langholm mill’s future

Drove Weavers expands its capability to meet greater demand

 

Camera plan will combat the lack of police presence

Copshaw’s rural isolation adds to concerns

 

Wetter winters and more hot summers

Met Office says emissions must be cut to avoid extreme…

 

Council refuses to endorse sports centre proposals

Flood plain causes yet more planning problems

 

Amazing ceremony for wildlife watchers

Shortlisted Newcastleton group is celebrated at awards night

 

2020 Magic Lantern Show

ONE of Langholm’s theatre companies is determined to do its…

 

Langholm store marks 20 years of shopping

Co-op staff look forward to 2021 and arrival of a…

 

Vaccination roll-out is imminent: NHS chief

Immunisation of high-priority groups will start next week

 

NHS seeks input on plan

Health and social care and support are at centre of…

 

Happy 400th birthday as town marks charter

Alliance invites groups to host events in run-up to main…

 

200m high turbines for two Eskdale sites

Developer pledges £900,000 a year for nearby communities

 
 
requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Configure
 
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.