More than 300 people, including business representatives, public sector organisations and individuals, have signed up for the first Borderlands Conference which will take place in Dumfries on Monday.
Organisers are delighted with the up-take for the inaugural event in Easterbrook Hall which will discuss the proposed Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal
This is a unique partnership that brings together the five cross-border local authorities to promote the economic growth and competitiveness of the area that straddles the Scotland-England border.
The conference will provide the opportunity for the Borderlands Partnership to meet with stakeholders and local and national politicians at a vital time for the project. A team from both sides of the Border is building a case to present to both the UK and Scottish governments later this year.
The conference will update interested parties, from all sectors, on proposals - and hear their aspirations and ambitions for the deal.
Keynote speakers will include David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland and Keith Brown, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work.
A Borderlands Partnership spokesperson said: “The possibilities raised by a Borderlands deal are being recognised by businesses and individuals from all the areas that would stand to benefit.
“There’s a real feeling of momentum and we want to engage with as wide a cross-section of all those communities as possible. That way we can ensure that when proposals go forward for consideration they are representative of the views of those who live and work in the Borderlands.
“The conference breakout sessions will be a real opportunity for people to help shape the bid. That support will help strengthen our case.”
The breakout sessions will cover Borderlands’ key themes: Digital, Energy, Destination Borderlands, Rural Productivity, Business Growth, Transport, Innovation and Skills and Quality of Place.
Borderlands partners are meeting key stakeholders on an ongoing basis and anyone who would like to discuss opportunities, ideas and possible working relationships, or would just like more information, can visit the partnership website at www.Borderlandsgrowth.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org