South of Scotland Alliance

The South of Scotland Alliance is a partnership of Scottish Borders Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Enterprise who seek to raise the profile of the South of Scotland, and the issues faced by our economy. The Alliance supports economic growth in the South of Scotland and campaign on issues which are common across both the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway such as Broadband, Mobile Phone Coverage, European Funding, and Small Towns. The Alliance holds regular meetings with key members of the Scottish Government to talk about strategic issues facing the economy in the South of Scotland.
Scottish Borders Council, Council Headquarters
Newton St Boswells, Melrose | GB
Lynne Ross


Enterprise, Regional, Membership


European Structural Funds provide EU Member States and regions with assistance to overcome structural deficiencies and to enable them to strengthen competitiveness and increase employment. The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for Structural Funds in Scotland and has overall responsibility for supervising the implementation; ongoing management; and effectiveness of the programmes. In the period from 2014-20, Scotland will focus the Structural Funds on achieving structural reforms which facilitate sustainable economic growth. As EU Funds are deployed alongside significantly greater national resources, efforts will focus on quite specific niche investments which would not otherwise take place, or not to the same scale and timeframes, without Structural Funds. Deliberate efforts to create alignment between all EU Funds deployed in Scotland should ensure that the funds act together to support growth and jobs.
The Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) channels millions of pounds into the rural economy. It will help create vibrant rural communitries, protect and enhance our environment, support rural businesses, and help the farming industry to grow and modernise. Funding is used for a diverse range of projects by individuals, businesses and groups through grant schemes.