New data produced by the Open Data Institute (ODI) shows that Edinburgh ranks second behind London for innovation in the UK. The UK Tech Innovation Index is published by the ODI and the Digital Catapult which shows the UK’s most active innovation communities by industry sector....

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Phil Dibsdale, Inward Investment Manager for the Borders Railway Blueprint group, was interviewed by The Scotsman’s Business Editor Scott Reid where he talked about how the railway is a catalyst for economic and social regeneration, and how a number of private and public sector organisations are working together to support new, growing and relocating enterprises.

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The Borders Railway More Connected and Connect Local sponsored event, #MTB17, which allowed small food and drink producers along the Borders Railway corridor to showcased the best of the area’s cuisine to a host of local buyers has already paid dividends.

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Business Loans Scotland is a consortium of Scotland’s 32 local authorities. It offers gap funding up to a maximum of £100,000 to SMEs across Scotland where public sector funding (including Business Loans Scotland’s contribution) would not exceed 50% of the total funding package.


Read our latest blog post by The Scottish Government’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf who shares his thoughts on the opportunities open to people who live along the Borders Railway corridor.


The ScotRail Alliance is urging people going to Edinburgh’s August festivals to plan their journeys in advance, as it announced more services, late-night trains and extra carriages for the three-week extravaganza. Thousands of people will travel to Edinburgh for the events, which means services will be much busier than normal.

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THE Borders Railway, which started operating in September 2015, has already brought economic, social and environmental benefits across Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders, but this is really just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the potential the railway unlocks. It’s opening up opportunities for new and growing enterprises, creating jobs, and making it easier for people to do business in the area. That’s not just anecdotal; we have the stats to prove it.


A group representing small firms in south east Scotland has said it has "little doubt" of the economic benefits of extending the Borders Railway.It comes after a recent independent study found the line was attracting new workers, homeowners and tourists.The Federation of Small Businesses said those conclusions came as no surprise to regular users of the route.