The Borders Railway is breathing new life into the economies of the Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh, offering fantastic opportunities for business, investment and employment.

Over the next few years, the Edinburgh city region is expected to see significant economic and population growth, along with rising tourism volumes, a diversifying business base, and increased demand for skills.

After London, Edinburgh is the UK’s second largest financial centre and second largest tourist destination. The city has a multiple award-winning reputation as one of the most attractive destinations in the world, with an ideal mix of shopping, culture, music, heritage and leisure facilities.

With well over a million passenger trips on the new line in the first year, underlining the area’s potential for growth, there has never been a better time to consider what Borders Railway could do for you.

Whether you’re looking to start, grow, relocate or invest in a business in the Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh, we can help you to become More Connected…

To New Markets

Setting up for business in the Borders Railway catchment enables fantastic connection to new or existing markets. You can travel from Tweedbank to Edinburgh in under an hour every 30 minutes. For business further afield, superfast broadband connection makes flexible working and online conferencing easy.

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To Talent

There is a highly educated and skilled workforce waiting to be discovered. More than 40% of people who live in the region are university educated.  With a predicted 20% population growth over the next 20 years, access to a highly talented workforce will continue to increase.

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To Competitive Advantage

The Borders Railway catchment offers outstanding quality and value. The average commercial and housing costs are very favourable when compared to other areas.

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To Growth Sectors

The Borders Railway catchment is home to industry hubs in many thriving sectors, from business and financial services to life sciences and food and drink, world-leading businesses are already operating in the area.

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To a Work/Life Balance

Working and living in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders means less time commuting, more time living. With fantastic schools and facilities in the area and more affordable house and office prices, the area offers a wonderful quality of life, just a stone’s throw from the buzz of Edinburgh.

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To Scotland & Beyond

The Borders Railway connects business to Edinburgh’s Waverley and Haymarket Stations, with onward destinations to the rest of Scotland and high speed links to London.  A journey from Galashiels into Kings Cross could take as little as six hours, with wifi all the way! Edinburgh Airport is just 30 minutes from Waverley Station, connecting you to business destinations in the US, Middle East and throughout Europe.

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To Business Support

New and growing businesses need great support. The area has a thriving entrepreneurial spirit, four outstanding universities and fantastic support for start-ups, entrepreneurs and small businesses. The catchment also offers excellent links to support networks throughout the three local authorities, Scottish Enterprise, European assistance, and Business Gateway – providing help with guidance on how to set up a new business, as well as access to training and funding.

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To Space for Growth

The Borders Railway connects key housing, mixed-use and employment sites to Edinburgh city centre and therefore creates fantastic new opportunities for businesses and investors to take advantage of the growing markets.

The railway catchment area takes in the main towns of Dalkeith (Eskbank station), Newtongrange, Galashiels and Tweedbank which are the subject of council-led masterplan exercises intent on transforming the town centres and providing significant economic, social and environmental uplift.  Development, investment and occupational opportunities will be forthcoming from this creative and collaborative approach to placemaking.

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