What is the RES?

The Regional Economic Strategy (RES) is the economic plan for the South of Scotland being progressed by the REP.

It is a vital strategy at a crucial time for our region because it will set out a clear vision for how we want the region's economy to look and work in the future. 

An Action Plan will be progressed alongside the strategy, helping to translate partner commitments into firm priorities. It will co-ordinate activities to help us to achieve more through working together.

It will also clearly set out the support required from national agencies to ensure it meets the needs of our area.

Why does it matter?

This will be the South of Scotland's first ever economic strategy covering the whole of the South of Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders).

It is a real opportunity to drive the transformational change that many living and based in our region want to see.

It will also:

  • Help us collectively establish the South of Scotland as a great place to live, work, visit, invest in and learn.
  • Play a key role in making sure the region is not left behind.
  • Seek to address the disadvantages and inequalities facing and within the South of Scotland. 

Why now?

Many of the challenges facing the region are long-standing and need long-term, sustained action to address them.

As the region looks to recover from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic; adjust to the UK's exit from the EU; and capitalise on new opportunities - the need for a long term vision to guide and coordinate efforts is more important than ever.

Why do we want to hear from you?

To make the desired difference, the RES needs to be developed in the South, by the South and for the South. 

The time is NOW for the South of Scotland, and there has never been a more important time for the future of our region so tell us your views on the future you want for our region.

Your opinion really does matter so get involved.