Who we are

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South of Scotland Enterprise, SOSE for short, is a new, dedicated economic development agency, established by the Scottish Government, for the South of Scotland. We have been established in direct response to the unique economic opportunities and challenges facing the South of Scotland, and we are here to lead the delivery of a fresh and locally focused approach required to succeed in responding.


Our twin aims, as set out in legislation, are to further the sustainable economic and social development of the South of Scotland, and to improve the amenity and environment of the South of Scotland.

Our Vision

Our vision is to drive inclusive growth, increase competitiveness and tackle inequality within the region. We want to establish the South of Scotland as a centre of opportunity, innovation and growth.


Our mission is to work together with people across the South of Scotland to grow its economy in a just and sustainable manner. We will provide investment, expertise and mentoring to people and businesses and by doing so, we will inspire the region to think bigger and unlock the great potential of the South.


Our Board has a broad range of knowledge and experience and is chaired by Professor Russel Griggs OBE, with the organisation being led by our Chief Executive, Jane Morrison-Ross.

You can meet our Board at here.

“for the South, by the South and in the South”

Our VALUES are at the heart of all we do. They have been shaped by a process of collaboration and are grounded in an understanding of the South of Scotland and its needs. We will be…


  • Collaborative, long term.
  • Building trust, bottom up not top down.
  • Supporting diverse thinking from diverse communities and business.


  • We do what’s right for communities and the planet.
  • We are honest, transparent and straight-talking.
  • We champion the South; its people, communities and businesses.


  • Open-minded, creative, lateral.
  • Optimistic, pioneering and ambitious.
  • Aiming high, providing hope and encouragement


  • We take pride in all that we do.
  • We never give up, we fight for what’s right.
  • We challenge ourselves to always be better.
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How we are different

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