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A new report published today [Thursday 15 June] has found that the Borders Railway is attracting new workers, homeowners and tourists to communities served by the line. The independent study highlights that the service has been a major factor in decisions to relocate to the area, with 50% of users who had moved house and over 80% of those who changed jobs stated that the railway had been a factor in their decision. There was also a tourism benefit, with 23% of visitors stating that they would not have made the trip without the line. The results will be discussed at the Scottish Transport Summit in Glasgow today during a session on the role of transport in boosting the economy.

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Small companies operating in the food and drink sector along the Borders Railway corridor showcased the best of the area’s cuisine to more than 100 buyers at The Balmoral - a Rocco Forte Hotel - in Edinburgh on Tuesday 13 June.

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With summer fast approaching, attractions and firms in the visitor economy will be preparing for their peak trading period. Many in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian will be especially looking forward to the season following the publication last year of encouraging statistics on growth in the area.

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Phil Dibsdale, the Inward Investment manager for the Borders Railway Blueprint group, sets out his vision for the future of the area.

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Launched in 2010 by husband and wife team Annika and Gavin Meiklejohn, the company was originally based in the Borders town of Kelso. However with a shortage of space in their existing brewery and with plans to grow the business, the couple decided to research alternative sites which would allow the company to reach its full potential.

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Stars of stage, screen and literature will be in the Scottish Borders this weekend for the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival (15th-18th June) in the stunning setting of Harmony Gardens in Melrose.