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:
launched and successfully established SOSE as a new agency in the midst of a global pandemic
grown our staff count to 85– increasing our capacity and capabilities to help more businesses and communities across the South of Scotland
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
provided tailored one to one advice and support to over 700 businesses, communities and projects, aiding them to innovate, strengthen and grow
published ‘Have Your Say’ - a framework making clear how we will engage the people who live, work and operate across the South of Scotland
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.
played a lead role in directly supporting the development of the South of Scotland’s first ever Regional Economic Strategy
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.
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)
provided a voice for and championed the South’s interests, responding to 10 national consultations on a range of topics important to the South
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.