Scottish Conservative policy for a South of Scotland Enterprise Agency adopted by Scottish Government

Local MSP John Lamont has welcomed an announcement today that a South of Scotland Enterprise Agency will be set up.

The Scottish Government’s review of enterprise and skills support has today recommended a new agency dedicated to the south be established. This was one of the key recommendations found in the Scottish Conservative manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

The report published today recognises the unique challenges faced in the region and promises to “create a new vehicle to meet the enterprise and skills needs of the South of Scotland.”

John Lamont MSP said: “I’m pleased that the Scottish Government has listened to the concerns of businesses in the South of Scotland. There has been a feeling for some time that because of the unique challenges the Borders face, we need our own dedicated support agency for local jobs and local businesses.

"In April, my party called for a South of Scotland enterprise agency, with a budget of £25million and I’m pleased the Scottish Government have now adopted this policy. I would expect them to back this agency with the necessary funds.

“A dedicated support agency has the potential to stimulate growth in the local economy, but more needs to be done to help struggling high streets in the Borders.”