Freedom of Information

Guide to information available through our publication scheme

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the Act) requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme. Authorities are under a legal obligation to:

  • publish the classes of information that they make routinely available
  • tell the public how to access the information and what it might cost

South of Scotland Enterprise (SoSE) has adopted the Model Publication Scheme 2015 produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner.

You can see this scheme on the Commissioner website at or by contacting us at the address below.

The purpose of this Guide to Information is to:

  • allow you to see what information is available (and what is not available) in relation to each class
  • state what charges may be applied
  • explain how you can find the information easily
  • provide contact details for enquiries and to get help with accessing the information
  • explain how to request information we hold that has not been published

Availability and formats

The information we publish through the model scheme is, wherever possible, available on our website. We will offer alternative arrangements for people who do not want to, or cannot, access the information online or by inspection at our premises. For example, we can arrange to send information to you in paper copy (although there may be a charge for this).

Exempt information

We will publish the information we hold that falls within the classes of information below. If a document contains information that is exempt under Scotland’s Freedom of Information laws (for example sensitive personal information), we will remove or redact the information before publication and explain why.


Where SoSE holds the copyright in its published information, the information may be copied or reproduced without formal permission, provided that:

  • it is copied or reproduced accurately
  • it is not used in a misleading context
  • the source of the material is identified

Where SoSE does not hold the copyright in information we publish, we will make this clear.


This section explains when we may make a charge for our publications and how any charge will be calculated.

There is no charge to view information on our website or at our premises.

We may charge for providing information to you e.g., photocopying and postage, but we will charge you no more than it actually costs us to do so. We will always tell you what the cost is before providing the information to you.

Our photocopying charge per sheet of paper is shown in the table below:

Paper Size/ Colour

Charge per sheet

A4 Black and White


A4 Colour



Information provided on CD-Rom will be charged at £1.00 per computer disc.

Postage costs will be recharged at the rate we paid to send the information to you.

When providing copies of pre-printed publications, we will charge no more than the cost per copy of the total print run.

We do not pass on any other costs to you in relation to our published information.

Please note that this charging schedule does not apply to any commercial publications we may produce (see Class 8 below). These items would be offered for sale through retail outlets such as book shops, academic journal websites or museum shops and their price reflects a ‘market value’ which may include the cost of production.

Contact us

You can contact us for assistance with any aspect of this publication scheme:

To make a request for information under the Freedom of information (Scotland) Act, please contact:

Name: Director of Finance
Address: South of Scotland Enterprise, Carmont House, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TG

We will also advise you how to ask for information that we do not publish or how to complain if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of this publication scheme.

The Classes of Information that we Publish

We publish information that we hold within the following classes. Once information is published under a class we will continue to make it available for the current and previous two financial years.

Where information has been updated or superseded, only the current version will be available. If you would like to see previous versions, you may make a request to us for that information.

As SoSE is a new public body, the information we hold is limited. The list below highlights information we anticipate having available in due course and which we will publish as and when available. We also commit to ensuring that this publication scheme is updated regularly and that information and links are be added.

CLASS 1: About the authority

Class description:

Information about the authority, who we are, where to find us, how to contact us, how we are managed and our external relations.

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

General information about the



About SoSE

Economic Development Agency

Office locations

Various Across D&G and Borders

Staff search and directory


Business opening hours


Contact customer care and complaints functions


Our Enabling Legislation and Scottish Government Guidance


The South of Scotland Enterprise Act 2019


Scottish Government strategic guidance letter


Government Economic Strategy

Framework Document



How the Authority is Run


Board members’ profiles, register of interests, and travel and subsistence costs


Code of conduct for SoSE Board members


Leadership team

Nick Halfhide Interim CEO


Karen Jackson Director of Strategy


Anthony Daye Director of Finance


John Evans Director of Enabling Services

Corporate Planning


Action plan


Equality and diversity approach


External Relations


News and Media


News releases


Events directory



CLASS 2: How we delivers our functions and services

Class description:

Information about our work, our strategy and policies for delivering functions and services and information for our service users.

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

Functions and services


SoSE sector information and strategy


Support for businesses


Support for communities


Complaints handling policy


Freedom of information procedures


Our publishing scheme


Funding terms and conditions



CLASS 3: How we take desicisions and what we decided

Class description:

Information about the decisions we take, how we make decisions and how we involve others

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

SoSE Board- minutes



CLASS 4: What we spend and how we spend it

Class description:

Information about our strategy for, and management of, financial resources (in sufficient detail to explain how we plan to spend public money and what has actually been spent).

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

Audited annual accounts


Public Service Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 financial statement


SoSE Board members- Remuneration


SoSE Leadership Team- Remuneration



CLASS 5: How we manage our human, physical and information resources 

Class description:

Information about how we manage the human, physical and information resources of the authority

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

Human resources


Staff policies


Staff search and directory


Physical resources


Commercial property for sale or lease


Sustainable construction policy


Information resources


Records management policy


Records retention policy


Freedom of information policy


Privacy and data protection policy



CLASS 6: How we procure goods and services from external providers

Class description:

Information about how we procure goods and services, and our contracts with external providers

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

Procurement policies and procedures


Procurement contracts terms and conditions


Sustainable procurement policy


Framework agreements and suppliers


Procurement- details of tenders over £50k and all contracts awarded


Current invitations to tender



CLASS 7: How we are performing

Class description:

Information about how the authority performs as an organisation, and how well it delivers its functions and services

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

Audited annual accounts and reports


Freedom of information performance


Equal opportunities annual report


Complaints performance


Customer service performance



CLASS 8: Our commercial publications

Class description:

Information packaged and made available for sale on a commercial basis and sold at market value through a retail outlet e.g. bookshop, museum or research journal

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

We do not currently hold or publish information under this class.



CLASS 9: Our open data

Class description:

Open data made available by the authority as described by the Scottish Government’s Open Data Resource Pack and available under an open licence.

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)