Borders Railway makes business ‘More Connected’

Phil Dibsdale, inward investment manager

Borders Railway makes business ‘More Connected’

An event has been announced to showcase the economic benefits resulting from the Borders Railway project.

The event, which will take place on Tuesday 12th September, will also feature examples from businesses that have gained from investment in the new line.

The event is part of the Borders Railway More Connected campaign, which is helping to spread the word about the opportunities in the line’s catchment for new and growing enterprises.

Phil Dibsdale, inward investment manager, said: “The railway has already brought economic, social and environmental benefits across the region, but there is much more potential to attract investment, create jobs, and make it easier for people to grow or relocate business in the area.

“We’re really looking forward to event delegates, and the wider readership of BQ Scotland, learning more about the exciting future of the region through the examples of businesses that are prospering thanks, in part, to the presence of the railway.”

Over the next few years, the Edinburgh city region is expected to see significant economic and population growth, along with rising tourism volumes, a diversifying business base and increased demand for skills. The area is also home to leading businesses and innovators in some of Scotland’s most important business growth sectors.

Using the railway as a catalyst for economic and social regeneration, private and public sector partners are working together to support new, growing and relocating enterprises, based on a unique combination of business-friendly benefits.

The line-up of speakers is:

·         Bob Keiller, chair of Scottish Enterprise, who will provide an overview of the benefits that Borders Railway has brought to the region and the importance of regeneration to the social and economic well-being of the region.

·         Ed Monaghan, of Mactaggart and Mickel, who will discuss the commercial development elements of the Shawfair project will open up opportunities for business investors and occupiers, and how important transport connectivity – and especially Borders Railway – is to making a success of such initiatives.

·         Lynn Mann, who will tell the story of SuperNature Oils, including the significance of the railway in helping to establish and grow her business.

·         Andy Drane, partner at Edinburgh-based legal firm Davidson Chalmers, who will explain how they are making the most of the Borders Railway and a growing SME client base in the Borders by taking up residence in Galashiels Transport Interchange building.

Delegates at the event will include a wide range of business people and professionals from Edinburgh and the wider region. It is being held in partnership with Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and is taking place at the Calton Hotel on North Bridge from 8 – 10am on Tuesday 12 September.  

Places are open to members and non-members of Edinburgh Chambers of Commerce and tickets are available from the event’s dedicated EventBrite page.