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Enterprise projects secure £7.7m funding in southern Scotland

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Four projects created to 'reinvigorate the south of Scotland’s economy and stimulate inclusive growth', have received £7.7million funding from the Scottish Government.

The projects across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders aim to provide career opportunities and build community resilience - including funding to deliver the 'Annan Action Plan', after recent announcement of the closure of Pinneys.

The main share of the funding goes to Borders and Dumfries and Galloway colleges to boost digital learning.

A Hawick textiles centre of excellence, regeneration in Annan and community projects are also being funded.

£6.6m
awarded to the region's two colleges, to create a digital hub to provide better access to key roles.
£610k
to a textiles centre of excellence in Hawick.
£250k
regeneration in Annan.
£220k
to 'sustainable projects' in communities.
Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing Credit: PA

Announcing the funding during a visit to Dumfries College, Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing said:

“This is a clear statement of the Scottish Government’s intent to grow and regenerate the economy in the South of Scotland.

“Earlier this year we brought together experts from the public and private sectors to create a new, dedicated partnership, in advance of the new Enterprise Agency, to drive forward that regeneration. SOSEP has now identified four projects that are sure to bring long-term social and economic benefits to the area. Of course these are major projects which will take time to be worked up and delivered.

“It’s great to see the South of Scotland Economic Partnership injecting fresh impetus into the area’s economy. I’m certain that, with the dedicated focus and expertise provided by SOSEP, backed up by significant levels of Scottish Government funding, we will see a tangible strengthening of the economic environment in one of Scotland’s most important regions.

– Fergus Ewing MSP, Rural Secretary