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Borderlands regional growth deal to be signed

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An investment deal worth up to £452 million for the regions on either side of the Scottish border is due to be signed at a virtual ceremony on Thursday.

The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal includes investment from the UK and Scottish governments, with the aim of delivering up to 5,500 jobs across Carlisle Cumbria and Northumberland in England, and in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Representatives of the five councils, as well as members of the two governments, will formally sign the deal on Thursday morning.

It will be the first cross-border growth deal and will cover the largest geographical area of any regional agreement so far.

The deal is focused on four themes of improving places; enabling infrastructure; encouraging green growth and supporting business, innovation and skills, with an agreed set of projects for each area.

The deal is focused on local people and local priorities, enabling the Borderlands area to create sustainable jobs, re-invigorate the economy, and build strategically

The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, said: “I am pleased to be signing the Borderlands Growth Deal, confirming that the Scottish Government will invest £85 million in the region over the next 10 years that will build strategically on the region’s natural assets, resources and entrepreneurial spirit to drive sustainable economic growth.

“Projects the Scottish Government is supporting through the deal will focus on reinvigorating town centres, expanding business sites and premises to stimulate business growth and job creation, maximising the region’s appeal as a leading outdoor and adventure tourism destination and equipping people with the skills they need to forge successful careers and contribute to their communities.

“The deal is focused on local people and local priorities, enabling the Borderlands area to create sustainable jobs, re-invigorate the economy, and build strategically for long term growth and prosperity.”

The UK Government’s Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, said: “The Borderlands Growth Deal will realise a new era of regeneration and opportunity as we build back better from the pandemic.

“The Ad Gefrin Visitor Experience and Distillery, and the Carlisle Station regeneration project are just two examples of schemes already benefitting from the deal which will create jobs and improve regional connectivity.

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