The Borderlands Partnership is working together to deliver transformative change across the region to maximise the benefits of inclusive growth.
The Borderlands Partnership was established in 2014 and since then we have worked on a shared ambition to unlock the South of Scotland and North of England’s potential as an economic hub to encourage new business and job opportunities.
In September 2017 we set out our vision for the future in ‘The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Proposition’ and sent it to the UK and Scottish Governments to consider. The Proposition is available to download here.
Following the submission of a formal proposal in September 2018, the Borderlands Partnership welcomed the announcement of a £345 million deal from the UK and Scottish Governments in March 2019.
The signing of a Heads of Terms, with the UK and Scottish Governments, took place on Monday 1 July 2019. The Growth Deal is made up of £265 million from UK Government (an increase of £5 million since the funding announcement in March 2019), £85 million from the Scottish Government and £44.5 million from the local authority partners.
The signing of the formal agreement took place at the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland at Glentress in the Scottish Borders. It is a vital step towards the next stage of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, enabling the Partnership to finalise the business cases for the agreed projects and programmes and to access the funding to take these forward.
It is anticipated that this investment will deliver an extra 5,500 job opportunities, attract more than 4 million extra tourists and unlock investment in towns across the area, boosting the region’s economy by £1.1 billion.
As part of the next stage of the deal process, a formal Partnership Board will be established, which will include the five local authority leaders, a private sector representative from a to be established Economic Forum, and advisors from both governments and other private and public bodies.
The full Heads of Terms document is available to download here.
The signing photograph:
Borderlands Conference - June 2018
The first Borderlands Conference took place in Dumfries on Monday 18 June 2018 and gathered together more than 370 businesses, community groups and individuals with national and local politicians to discuss progress on this unique proposal.
The conference was addressed by Keith Brown MSP the former Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, and the UK Government’s David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland and Jake Berry MP the Northern Powerhouse Minister. They highlighted the vital importance of this Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal for the future economic development of the area and its importance in complementing other initiatives such as the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency and North East of England and Cumbria Economic Partnerships. Gavin Stevenson, Chief Executive of Dumfries and Galloway Council presented the ambition of the Inclusive Growth Deal and its potential to transform the economy of the area north and south of the border. Gavin's presentation is available here.
The breakout sessions at Easterbrook Hall were an opportunity for attendees to hear details of what’s being proposed on each theme, to question the work to date and put forward their own views and proposals. Discussion in all 16 sessions, two per theme, was lively with a wide range of input. Some delegates voiced specific thoughts on how aspects of the proposal should be shaped, others just wanted more information. A summary of the key points from each of the eight themes is acailable within the Conference Newsletter. Presentations from each session are available to download below:
Many attendees at Dumfries’ Easterbrook Hall stressed their support for the progress to date and wanted to help shape how the proposal is further developed. The clear takeaway for the five partner authorities was the high-level of interest across the region from individuals, business, public and third sectors. Those ideas, experiences and views are now being used to inform development of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal proposal as the case is built for investment by the UK and Scottish Governments.