Consultation launched on draft South of Scotland Regional Economic Strategy


Borders College is encouraging people across the South of Scotland to have their say on an ambitious 10-year vision for their region.   

The consultation on the draft first-ever South of Scotland Regional Economic Strategy is open now and runs until Monday 16 August at

The Regional Economic Partnership (REP) is made up of representatives from a wide range of organisations, sectors and groups who are based in, or work across the South of Scotland.

The REP first met virtually in September 2020 and agreed that its immediate focus needed to be the development of a South of Scotland-wide economic strategy.

That strategy would shape the region’s future economic direction to set out a clear, collective, and compelling vision focussed on long term outcomes. 

The draft has been shaped by analysis, evidence and extensive engagement on behalf of the South of Scotland Regional Economic Partnership (REP) including contributions from almost 1,000 people who live, work and operate in the South. 

The draft strategy is built around six themes which have been identified as key to creating a greener, fairer and flourishing South of Scotland:   

  • Skilled and ambitious people
  • Innovative and enterprising
  • Rewarding and fair work
  • Cultural and creative excellence
  • Green and sustainable economy
  • Thriving and distinct communities

The final version of the strategy is expected to be published in September 2021, following the outcome of this consultation. 

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