The Borders Railway Prospectus, which highlights the opportunities along the railway corridor for investors and businesses, was officially launched in Edinburgh last night (Thursday, December 10).
Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, unveiled the www.bordersrailwayprospectus.com website and a promotional film to Scottish businesses, politicians, developers, agents, and legal, banking and advisory representatives.
Mr Brown 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.”
More than 100 development opportunities are available for inward investors along the railway corridor, and following the opening of the railway in September these are more accessible than ever before.
Alongside the new Borders Railway, additional infrastructure such as the continued rollout of high speed fibre broadband and financial incentives available through the new assisted area status makes this part of Scotland a 21st century business location.
The Borders Railway Prospectus markets site-specific development opportunities and the website provides a wealth of information for businesses and investors and includes an interactive map detailing available sites, video and contact details to explore opportunities further.
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.”