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Discussions held on South of Scotland Enterprise Bill

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway took part in a breakfast roundtable on the South of Scotland Enterprise Bill this week in Dumfries.

The event gathered the views of local stakeholders on the South of Scotland Enterprise Bill and suggested amendments.

Attendees also included representatives of local business, including both Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders Chambers of Commerce, community organisations, the public sector and MSP Colin Smyth.

The breakfast roundtable took place ahead of the beginning of the second stage of the legislation process for the South of Scotland Enterprise Bill which will establish a new South of Scotland Enterprise Agency.

The second stage is carried out by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee which will consider and vote on key amendments to the Bill on Wednesday.

Mr Smyth is the only MSP from the South of Scotland who sits on the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee.

He said: “I was pleased to hear the views of local stakeholders as the bill passes through Parliament. It is only by working with local businesses and organisations that we will create an Agency that unlocks the huge economic potential in the South of Scotland and grow our economy.”