Locating your business in the Borders Railway catchment area has many competitive advantages from both a business and employee perspective.

The relative costs of renting or owning commercial business premises could represent considerable savings to companies when compared to other locations close to Edinburgh or Newcastle, or other major urban centres around Scotland. Average house prices, travel costs and commuting times also compare favourably to other areas in the county, with house price to average earnings the lowest in the city region.

With Border Rail journey times of less than an hour, and half hourly services to and from Waverley, you can easily reach your customer base in the heart of the city or broaden your market into the growing city region economy.

Employees will enjoy lower average house prices, access to great schools and fabulous countryside pursuits.

See this PDF for comparisons of average rental values across the Borders Railway catchment and other parts of Scotland.


The railway link to the Borders has encouraged local private companies and public sector organisations to expand into larger commercial premises. Potential employees based in Edinburgh and East Scotland are now within commuting distance giving employers access to many more people with a wider range of skills. The area provides a choice of urban and rural locations which can accommodate many types of commercial premises and I feel there is a real opportunity for the development of incubator sites perfect for new start-ups.”


Dr Mark Robertson, a Partner at leading commercial property consultants, Ryden

Generally the Borders railway  has improved the travel times into Edinburgh city centre, more peripheral sites have now become strategic from a development prospect for both Housing and Business."

John Brown, Chartered Surveyor, John Brown & Company Limited