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Support for rural firms from First Minister

Section:  Annan and Eskdale, Dumfries and West, Lockerbie and Lochmaben, Moffat  | Tags:

FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon today made a pledge to support rural businesses, including closure hit Pinneys.

She was the key note speaker at the 20th National Economic Forum in Dumfries today, where business leaders from around Scotland gathered at a packed Easterbrook Hall to see the politician kick-start the day’s  busy schedule.

In her speech she spoke of her fondness for Dumfries, having just visited the local college, and her eagerness to represent and fight for rural Scotland.

She said: “It is really important that forums like this do not just take place in the Central Belt, that they get out and about.”

She enthused about the value of the South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SOSEP), a £10 million partnership that will devise a fresh approach to economic development in the area and outlined what it will bring to the south.

And she vowed to help towns such as Annan following Pinneys closure news, which comes with at least 450 job losses.


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