Events

On Thursday 10th December, the Prospectus website was officially launched at an event at the G & V Royal Mile Hotel in Edinburgh.

Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, spoke at the launch that was attended by politicians, developers, agents, and legal, banking and advisory representatives. Mr. Brown opened the event and said:

“I am delighted to launch the Borders Railway Prospectus today, which highlights the broad range of development opportunities available along the rail corridor.

“The Scottish Borders and Midlothian has a wealth of talent and opportunities available to potential investors that the railway has breathed new life into since its reopening in September.

“I am therefore calling on the investment community to get behind this prospectus and help the area reap the benefits of being reconnected to Scotland’s rail network once again.”

Presentations were also given by Kenneth Lawrie, Chief Executive, Midlothian Council, and Rob Dickson, Corporate Transformation and Services Director, Scottish Borders Council:

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Andrew Mickel, Shawfair LLP:

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Annika Meiklejohn, Director, Tempest Brewing Co. Ltd:

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Comments about the launch:

Councillor Jim Bryant, Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “This prospectus, which will be available both online and as a printed publication, will be invaluable in helping investors and businesses take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Borders Railway.”

Councillor Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “The remarkable Borders Railway user figures from the opening months show the incredible potential that the railway has to help transform the Scottish Borders’ economy, from increasing tourism to assisting in the growth of key areas such as the food and drink and creative sectors.

“The Borders Railway Prospectus will help to kick-start interest in the development opportunities available and attract inward investment, ultimately helping to realise the economic benefits of the railway.”

Danny Cusick, Scottish Enterprise Senior Director of Food & Drink, Tourism and Textiles and Chair of the Borders Railway Blueprint Leaders Group

“The Borders Railway Prospectus will help to maximise the economic benefits of the new rail connection between Edinburgh and Tweedbank.

“Businesses and investors using the prospectus site can now view every opportunity available to them to capitalise on the transformational impact of the new line in creating new places to live, work, visit, learn, play and grow across the entire Borders Railway corridor.”

Phil Verster, Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance, said: “Our railways are vital arteries for the economic health of our country and the completion of the Borders Railway has provided a once in a generation opportunity to breathe new vigour into the economies of Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

“The ScotRail Alliance is delighted to play its part in providing a catalyst for growth and we will provide full support to the Borders Railway Prospectus in its efforts to maximize the potential of this new railway.”