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The Borders Railway has got the write stuff, according to the judges of a national competition. The Edinburgh-Tweedbank track has landed another tourism award to add to its growing collection, this latest one having been handed out by the British Guild of Travel Writers....

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The Borders Railway has been about so much more than simply transporting commuters up to Edinburgh or allowing tourists to access the beautiful landscapes and historic sights further south. The railway has been about stimulating the economy of the central Borders and the surrounding area. Transport links are key when it comes to growing a business – as the three local authority leaders discuss in their blog posts. First, we have Councillor Shona Haslam, Leader of Scottish Borders Council who shares some insight into how the Borders themselves have reaped the rewards of the new line.

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The Borders Railway has been about so much more than simply transporting commuters up to Edinburgh or allowing tourists to access the beautiful landscapes and historic sights further south. The railway has been about stimulating the economy of the central Borders and the surrounding area. Transport links are key when it comes to growing a business – as the three local authority leaders discuss in their blog posts. Ian Johnson, Head of Communities and Economies, explains how a range of projects will help to make the most of the area’s growing popularity.

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The Borders Railway has been about so much more than simply transporting commuters up to Edinburgh or allowing tourists to access the beautiful landscapes and historic sights further south. The railway has been about stimulating the economy of the central Borders and the surrounding area. Transport links are key when it comes to growing a business – as the three local authority leaders discuss in their blog posts. Councillor Adam McVey sets out the importance of strengthened transport links between Edinburgh and the Borders.

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Almost 60 businesses in the Scottish Borders are expecting to increase their turnover by at least £100,000 over the next three years after receiving support from the Business Gateway service. A total of 219 new start-up businesses also began trading during 2016/17 after receiving free advice and support from the service, which is provided locally by Scottish Borders Council and offers information, advice and guidance to people who are considering starting a business or growing their existing business.

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The next step towards regenerating Galashiels has been made with the submission of a planning application to create the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre. The proposed visitor attraction at the former Post Office and Poundstretcher buildings will be a catalyst for significant economic, social and educational benefits for Galashiels. If approved, it is estimated that the £6.7million visitor centre would help employ 16 FTE posts, attract over 50,000 extra visitors to Galashiels every year and provide additional annual spending of almost £900,000 to the local economy, supporting a further 17 FTE jobs.

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Borders Railway was hailed for its role in stimulating business growth along the line at an event in Edinburgh yesterday, featuring speakers from three companies that are benefiting from improved transport links in the region.

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Local businesses and residents got another chance to have their say on the proposed Tweedbank masterplan, which looks to deliver significant new business and employment opportunities as well as a range of new private and affordable homes. Architect team, Proctor Mathews, were on-hand at a drop-in session on Wednesday 27 September to discuss the local needs and opportunities as well as how the existing landscape will be protected.

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TWO years after it was re-opened, the Borders Railway shows no sign of losing momentum as it continues to capture the world’s attention.

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Spectators are being encouraged to use the railway to visit the Borders for the first stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain this weekend. Some of the world’s top cyclists will tackle a 79km loop of the central Borders on Sunday 3 September, including the iconic Scott’s View and Melrose, before the final sprint to the finish line in Kelso. The Borders Railway allows Tour of Britain spectators to take in both the Grand Depart in Edinburgh and the stage as it passes through the Borders, utilising the train between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank.