We launched on 1 April 2020 as the Economic and Community Development Agency for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.
We want to drive inclusive growth, increase competitiveness, and tackle inequality within the region. We want to establish the South of Scotland as a centre of opportunity, innovation and growth.
We will work with people and businesses in communities right across the South of Scotland to grow its economy by providing investment, expertise and mentoring. We’ll inspire the region to think bigger and unlock significant opportunities for all.
Our four core values are embedded in everything we do. These are to:
We don’t just say we’re different – we are different. We are the first of Scotland’s public agencies whose legislation promotes a wider view on the economy and how it impacts all we do. Jobs are important to us but so are communities and the environment. We want to make sure that everyone, no matter who and where they are, has an opportunity to fulfil their ambitions.
We are also one of the first to have ‘Fair work’ running through all of our activities. How we treat people, including our own staff, really matters to us and we want to ensure that this runs through our region too.