Date lodged: 27 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the progress that it is making in establishing a south of Scotland enterprise agency, and what discussions it has had with local authorities regarding the proposed agency.
Answered by: Keith Brown 24 October 2017
Phase 2 of the Enterprise and Skills Review confirmed that we would establish a new public body to support the South of Scotland. Programme for Government published on 5 September confirmed that legislation establishing the body will be introduced into Parliament in 2018. With Parliamentary support, the agency will be up and running by the beginning of financial year 2020. On
13 September 2017, I confirmed that we would establish an interim South of Scotland Economic Partnership by the end of this year. This will bring together organisations to support economic growth in the South of Scotland and will involve public and private partners to ensure that the area sees benefits as soon as is possible.
Throughout the Review and the current implementation phase, we have been engaging closely with local authorities to help shape the proposals for the new agency and the interim arrangements and I look forward to that engagement continuing.