Helping you find the support you need and manage the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Message from our Chair, Professor Russel Griggs OBE:

"When SOSE officially opened on 1 April, we did not know it would be in the middle of a global public health crisis which is impacting on our economy. In order to support our region, we are working as one collective voice for the South of Scotland. We know businesses and communities around the South of Scotland are adapting and responding as best they can to the COVID-19 situation. We also recognise the seriousness of the situation for many, and we are looking ahead to how we can provide as much support as possible in the recovery of our economy."

View the Businesses who received support through PERF and Hardship. 

Scottish Government interim letter of guidance for Enterprise Agencies to respond to Covid-19.

Russel Griggs

Where to access a range of support

Find Business Support is available to help Scottish businesses find the support they need - offering services from across the public sector in the one place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly for more information

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We continue to update our Communities website section with the support that is being made available to communities and the Third Sector in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Dumfries and Galloway Council have a dedicated website with information and support for businesses.

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Scottish Borders Council have dedicated webpages with information and support for businesses.

Set in the context of Scotland’s Economic Strategy, the ambition is for a South of Scotland which has a skilled workforce, more opportunities for young people and a clear commitment to inclusive growth. SOSE will encourage and promote fair work, offering good conditions of employment and paying higher wages whilst also ensuring that communities are better equipped to play a greater role in the economic, social and environmental success of their area.

In partnership with

Visit Visit ScotlandVisit Scottish EnterpriseVisit Scottish GovernmentVisit Skills Development ScotlandVisit Highlands and Islands EnterpriseVisit Scottish Funding CouncilVisit Scottish Borders Council Visit Dumfries and Galloway Council