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Partnership roles announced

Griggs and Dickson to lead new interim agency

Russel GriggsProfessor Russel Griggs will be the private sector chairman of the new South of Scotland interim Economic Partnership and Rob Dickson will co-ordinate its day to day work.

The Economic Partnership will be in place by the end of the year and will bring together public and private sector partners to deliver a fresh approach to economic development in the South of Scotland.

It will help prepare the ground for the establishment of the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency. 

Economy Secretary Keith Brown said: “This new interim partnership has a vital role in delivering a fresh approach to addressing the economic needs and opportunities in the south of Scotland, ensuring that the area benefits in advance of the statutory agency we are committed to establishing..

“With the chair and lead officer in place, we will now look to confirm the other members of the Partnership to ensure that it is up and running by the end of 2017.”

Professor Griggs, a former executive at Scottish Enterprise, said: “As a resident and someone who is very firmly committed to the success of the South of Scotland, I am delighted to take up this new role as chair of the interim partnership.  It’s an exciting time to be in the area.”

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