We said, we did...

Hilltop Leaf, a project we supported
Our previous Operating Plan set out that our immediate priorities across our first year were:

1. Recovery from COVID-19;
2. Developing Our Ambition for the Region; and
3. Developing our Organisation

In responding to these, our headline achievements include having:

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launched and successfully established SOSE as a new agency in the midst of a global pandemic
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grown our staff count to 85– increasing our capacity and capabilities to help more businesses and communities across the South of Scotland
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awarded a total of c.£14.6mto 455 businesses through administering Scottish Government COVID-19 funds, with SOSE having helped establish the Scottish Wedding Industry Fund
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provided tailored one to one advice and support to over 700 businesses, communities and projects, aiding them to innovate, strengthen and grow
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published ‘Have Your Say’ - a framework making clear how we will engage the people who live, work and operate across the South of Scotland
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established 5 of our own funds:
- awarding c.£11.7m to 172 organisations;
- Helping sustain 88 businesses preparing them for recovery;
- safeguarding or creating 3,700 jobs;
- investing £8.9m in capital assets and projects.
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played a lead role in directly supporting the development of the South of Scotland’s first ever Regional Economic Strategy
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led in better understanding a number of significant regional opportunities, including the work of the South of Scotland Energy Transition Group and our Natural Capital measurement approach.
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provided the leadership and vital support needed, working closely with the region’s two councils, to establish the South of Scotland Regional Economic Partnership (REP)
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provided a voice for and championed the South’s interests, responding to 10 national consultations on a range of topics important to the South
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led by example in being a ‘fair’ employer, engaging with, supporting and empowering our staff to drive positive change across the South of Scotland, in the face of adversity.