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By Fiona Reid
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Digital future planned for the region

A DIGITAL strategy has been launched to help ‘unlock the potential of the South of Scotland’.

South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) has set up the three year strategy to harness the opportunities afforded by digital to significantly contribute to the sustainability, competitiveness and growth of the region.

They have made three key commitments in the areas of:

Connectivity, Access and Skills

Digital Transformation and Maturity

Innovation and Leadership.

And they want to make contact with businesses, social enterprises and community groups who might need their help.

Meanwhile, the willingness of South of Scotland to embrace new technologies was highlighted by a South of Scotland Business Panel Survey published last week.

The poll of more than 600 local businesses found 71 per cent were already using or planning to use new technologies.

But, cost of introducing new technology (54 per cent) was named as the main barrier to adopting these technologies, followed closely by lack of time and lack of knowledge and skills.

SOSE chief executive Jane Morrison-Ross said: “Our new digital strategy embraces the opportunity new technologies present us in the South.

“The strategy gives SOSE a clear plan for what we intend to do to support that and how we will do it, while also supporting all the work already underway by our partners, both regionally and nationally.

“We recognise that it can be tough to find the finances, time and develop the skills to engage with a rapidly changing landscape, particularly in the South where the majority of our businesses are small and micro. That is where our role at SOSE is vital.

“We want to provide clarity and context, and to match digital solutions to enterprise challenges.

“We are here to help people, communities, enterprises and businesses in the South of Scotland connect the dots, with tailored support at the right time.

“Our message to businesses, enterprises, communities is this – If you know what you want, let us help you. And if you do not know how digital can help you solve your business problems, let us guide you.

“Digital is critical, now more than ever, and we need to ensure that the South of Scotland is part of our Digital Nation.”

To read the full strategy visit: www.southofscotlandenterprise.com/digitalstrategy

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