About the REP
The South of Scotland Regional Economic Partnership (REP) is the forum that brings together a wide range of expertise and sets the direction of our regional economy. It held its first virtual meeting on 18 September 2020.
The REP has a collective ambition to deliver a clear and compelling vision for the economic success of the South of Scotland - one which will harness the efforts of all partners. Its role is to inform the development of and oversee the delivery of the Regional Economic Strategy (RES).
The partnership forms part of a new regional structure in the South of Scotland to help drive economic success. This includes supporting the new South of Scotland Enterprise agency (SOSE), which went live on 1 April 2020, which operates alongside existing public agencies and Dumfries and Galloway (D&GC) and Scottish Borders Councils (SBC). The REP also links into the Convention of South of Scotland (COSS) which is chaired by the Deputy First Minister and brings together local agencies and organisations with Scottish Government.
Members of the REP were appointed through a recruitment process to join Elected Members from both Councils (D&GC and SBC) and South of Scotland Enterprise Board members. The current Chair of the REP is Professor Russel Griggs. Following discussions with the two local authorities, it was agreed he would take on the role on a temporary basis for one year (2023/24).