Attracting high skilled well paid employment opportunities locally is a key challenge and is essential if young people are going to choose to live and work in Dumfries and Galloway. I am actively supporting the creation of the new South of Scotland Enterprise Agency. This was a Scottish Conservative manifesto pledge and a personal election promise which I am pleased has been delivered thanks to the increased pressure we've been able to put on the SNP. This will mean dedicated support and investment for businesses based in the region.
I am also backing the Borderlands Growth Deal which again will bring millions of pounds of new investment in our economy. With the right support and a focus on the many natural assets we have locally I am confident that we can grow our economy and deliver new jobs for the future.