Supporting local businesses

Over the last 9 years, I have spoken to hundreds of local businesses in the Borders. I recognise that small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of our local economy but we need to work harder to promote what the Borders has to offer.

Making Scotland the highest taxed part of the UK and the added uncertainty of a second independence referendum is harming local businesses. Business confidence, economic growth and employment in Scotland are all worse than the rest of the UK because of the SNP's economic mismanagement. Entrepreneur looking to set up a business in the area are increasingly going to look at south of the Border, where taxes are lower and infrastructure investment is happening at a faster rate. 

I also support businesses affected by the recent flooding and will continue to press for the Scottish Government to fully fund a flood prevention scheme for Hawick as quickly as possible, as well as set up an Enterprise Zone for the town.

News

New £395m Borderlands Growth Deal Agreed

A new £395m growth deal for the Scottish Borders and wider Borderlands region has been signed today.

Representatives from the UK Government, the Scottish Government and five councils that represent the region were in Peebles today to sign the Heads of Terms for investment.

Number of people in work at record high

New official figures published today, show that unemployment in the Scottish Borders is falling and that across the UK the number of people in work was at a record high.

Borderlands funding announced in Spring Statement

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond MP is expected to announce the UK Government will be contributing £260m to the Borderlands Growth Deal.

The UK Government has been supporting Growth Deals across the UK since 2014. To date, this has included more than £1.3bn of investment in Scotland.