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What we want for the South of Scotland

1. Do you agree with our ambition outlined?

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To a point. South Scotland must first catch up with and be on level terms with the rest of Scotland in all areas. Especially in connectivity such as power and access to it, IT and access to it, road links. Without these basic we won’t get inward investment and won’t get increased tourism. Our landscape is stunning our wildlife better than most of the UK, however we are the place where renewables are across our landscape, power lines are going up at an increasing rate and a massive gas pipe line has been installed. But locals can’t access any of them!

2. What would you like to see for the South of Scotland?

What would you like to see for the South of Scotland?
Better plans for innovation. Instead of the council looking for cuts how about challenging people to come up with innovative ideas and rewards for using our recycling here rather than landfill or export. Rather than increasing our retirement ethos invest in areas where youth are encouraged and want o stay or even move here. I want to see every tourism business registered where every month their occupancy, vehicle, numbers or sales are all logged in a data base that allows real-time access to marketing data that will help businesses to improve. I want to see a moratorium on new path building/creation as more paths when we can’t afford to upkeep the present ones is madness. I want core funding for the key organisations across the region that could act as conduits for improvements such as the Galloway & Southen Ayrshire Biosphere, the southern upland partnership, visit southern Scotland as these organisation have a real chance to change how we work in the future.

Ambitions for the new South of Scotland Enterprise

3. What are your ambitions for the future economic success of the South of Scotland?

What are your ambitions for the future economic success of
Much has been said under 1&2 however there must be time to pull together a think tank where we ideas from the region are pulled together and allowed to be investigated. Through innovation growth will come.

The economic context of the South of Scotland

4. What are the strengths you would like to see the Agency build on?

What are the strengths you would like to see the Agency
Youth employment Apprentices Business management training Maintainence of current infrastructure

5. What are the economic challenges you would like to see the Agency address?

What are the economic challenges you would like to see the
Short term low cost loans for businesses Start up grants for innovative ideas Loans for all businesses to get connected to the grid Fibre optic loans or grants

Potential Activities for the South of Scotland Enterprise

6. What currently works well in the South of Scotland?

What currently works well in the South of Scotland?
It’s a small business community where everyone knows everyone else. As a result communication work well for rumours! However strategic and targeted communication doesn’t work as well. Getting new money for new projects works well but getting money for existing is none existent. SE used to engage with all businesses but now we hardly hear a sound from them. I didn’t know they still operated.

7. What would you add or take away from the potential activities that the Agency could carry out across the three areas:

a) drive forward the economy?
Invest in USP’s of the area and keep them going. Push the green credentials and give investment to areas that add value to it in the region not outside. Seek new inward investment from the large hospitality sector to get more middle range hotels further west than Dumfries!
b) sustain communities?
Set up core funding. For groups that support communities so that duplication doesn’t happen eg the biosphere could work across the region to support and facilitate if it was supported. Help communities join up to use the renewables income in a better and more transparent way that supports the wider community for the long term.
c) capitalise on people and resources?
Create a list of people who have skills they are willing to share along with a cost. Create a think tank that brings innovation and new ways of working together. Create a region wide mentoring scheme.

8. What would you prioritise as the key areas of activity for the Agency?

What would you prioritise as the key areas of activity for the
Inward investment Core funding for key bodies/charities Signposting for businesses to assist them to get funding, expertise, advice and how to become excellent at what 5hey do. Cohessive planning across 5he south that lets everyone see what is happening where and by who. Set up a tourism register to enable real time statistics to aid marketing and development.

9. What specific things could the Agency do to help you, your business, your sector or your community?

What specific things could the Agency do to help you, your
Funding for existing facilities or replacement of existing. Easily accessible training on the job to aid development of staff at all levels.

Effective boundaries

10. What could the Agency do outwith its boundaries working with other local authorities or with agencies like Highlands and Islands Enterprise to support specific projects which benefit the South of Scotland and with national agencies?

What could the Agency do outwith its boundaries working
Set a spatial planning system that ensures there is joined up thinking and learning as well as stopping duplication. Signpost where additional top up funding can be found that could support the regions businesses.

Location of the new Agency

11. Which option, either from the list above or your own suggestion, do you think offers the best way to ensure the Agency is accessible to all across the South of Scotland?

Which option, either from the list above or your own
Joining up with other public agencies to avoid any more investment in public buildings. Ideally spread sc4iss 5he south to avoid travelling to Dumfries fir every meeting and advice. It should also be placed in locations with poor connectivity so that 5he true reality of what it’s like to work in the region is reflected in the decisions it makes.

12. Which criteria should be used in reaching a decision about the location of the Agency?

Which criteria should be used in reaching a decision about
Cost of creating a bespoke building Cost for businesses to get to the agency Distances of travel Who needs to get out to see the businesses that need 5he support

13. If you were to use the services of this Agency, what factors are important to you in terms of reaching it?

you were to use the services of this Agency, what factors are important to you in terms of reaching it?
Accessibility of the team. Their knowledge of the issues in the region and 5heir willingness to make 5hings happen rather than to tick boxes. A means of digitally communicating like using Skype or FaceTime On the main bus link but also could be at home basis if appropriate.

14. What sort of people should be on the Board of the Agency and what sorts of skills and expertise should they have?

What sort of people should be on the Board of the Agency
Approachable, knowledgable, from the region and looked upon as being leading in their field. Skilled in communication both listening and conversation IT literate and knowledgable. Able to deal with more than one area of business.

Other issues

15. We know that young people are less likely to stay in or move to the South of Scotland than they are other parts of the country. Do you have any comments on things the Agency could do to meet the interests of children and young people?

We know that young people are less likely to stay in or move
Inform the existing population of what is actually on their door step! Help create innovative ways of advertising opportunities out with the area. Assist with creating local positions. Improve child care fir those requiring it to enable them to work. Allow better links with high schools and colleges to create business mentoring and start ups. Create better IT to allow digital companies to get top of the line broadband More social aspects relating to the younger generation.

16. In delivering opportunity and growth in the South of Scotland, how can the Agency:

In delivering opportunity and growth in the South of Scotland, how can the Agency:
Do not create positive discrimination by seeking out minor groups while at the same time encouraging and promoting tolerance of all sectors of society by being inclusive.

17. Do you have any other comments on how the Agency might address specific needs?

Do you have any other comments on how the Agency might
If you make the agency all things to all people it will achieve nothing. Keep it focussed for periods of time.

18. We want to make sure that the Agency works effectively with a wide range of key stakeholders/partner agencies to ensure that inclusive growth also enables positive social and environmental outcomes. Do you have any comments on how this should work in practice?

We want to make sure that the Agency works effectively with a
A think tank. A focus group

19. Do you have any other thoughts on powers that the Agency will need?

Do you have any other thoughts on powers that the Agency
To be proactive, think on their feet and agile. Fit for the 21st century not stuck in the realms of bureaucracy

20. Is there anything else you wish to say about the operation of the Agency?

Is there anything else you wish to say about the operation of
If it’s going to duplicate SE stop right now. If it’s not then dump SE to ensure innovative thinking is not held back.

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Keith Muir

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