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Borderlands must benefit small firms

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By Fiona Reid

EFFORTS must be made to ensure small businesses in the region benefit from the £350 million Borderlands Growth Deal.

That’s the message from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Their development manager for Dumfries and Galloway, Hisashi Kuboyama, welcomed the signing of Heads of Terms and said: “It is cheering to see governments from north and south of the border collaborating on this important project.

“Every effort must be made to ensure that smaller businesses in Dumfries and Galloway will feel the tangible benefit of the investment. “It is also vital to make sure that local firms are involved at every stage – that means proper consultation and proactive engagement with businesses. Also it means local operators winning their fair share of contracts.”

He added: “Our research shows that business start-up rates are far slower in rural Scotland, like Dumfries and Galloway, than in the country’s cities. We hope this investment will address it and make the region a good place to start and grow a business.”<\!p>


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