Background history

South of Scotland Enterprise began operating in April 2020, with a mission to address the distinct challenges of the two rural regions of the South: Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

SOSE grew out of a Scottish Government enterprise and skills review that identified the need for a dedicated economic agency for the South, due to its unique challenges and opportunities.

The agency was set up by an act of Scottish Parliament, and is funded by and accountable to the Scottish Government.

History Milestones

Step 1

May 2016

2016 Scotland’s First Minister announces an Enterprise and Skills Review of public agencies.

Step 2

Jun 2017

2017 Scottish government commit to the establishment of a new South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) agency.

Step 3

Jan 2018

2018 The South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SOSEP) is established as a forerunner to the new agency. Learn about how SOSEP was established.

Step 4

Jun 2019

2019 The South of Scotland Enterprise Bill is passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament.

Step 5

Apr 2020

2020 South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) becomes live, and assumes its functions.

For more information, see About SOSE and What is SOSE.



We will recognise the unique challenges faced in the South of Scotland and create a new vehicle to meet the enterprise and skills needs of the region.

Scottish Government Enterprise & Skills Review