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.


RBS climbdown ‘nowhere near good enough’

RBS’s changed plans have been described as “nowhere near good enough” by local MP and Vice Chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee, John Lamont. The bank has just published revised proposals following pressure from local communities and politicians.

Borders ‘lucky to have’ Pennine Way

John Lamont MP has said the Scottish Borders is lucky to host the end of the Pennine Way and is calling for fair funding for the National Trail.

Couple appeal for help with restoring Morebattle church

A couple from Morebattle are appealing for help to save St Aidan’s Church in the village.

Richard Pedersen, a retired Minister from Australia and Margaret, recently ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church are in the process of restoring the 19th century church in Morebattle.