Much has been written about the economic benefits of the reopening of the Borders Railway to the local economy. Borders College based in Galashiels is also reaping the rewards of the new transport link with an increase in applications to the College of 74% in the 2016/17 period compared to the previous year from people living in the mid and east Lothian areas.
Spark Energy started in 2007 as a small start-up company with a background in the letting industry. It filled a fill a gap in the utility market to meet the needs of letting agents, landlords and tenants. In 2014 they were placed 23rd on the Sunday Times Fast Track 100, the highest-ranked Scottish company on the list.
Small companies operating in the food and drink sector along the Borders Railway corridor are being given an opportunity to showcase the best of the area’s cuisine to a wide audience of buyers from Edinburgh and across the country.
Award-winning Scottish Borders craft beer brand Tempest Brewing Co has accrued numerous trade and business awards, including Scottish Brewery of the Year, since moving to Tweedback from Kelso.
Lynn Mann of Midlothian-based Supernature Oils produces multi-award winning cold pressed rapeseed oil products that have become a firm favourite of top chefs including Martin Wishart.