The SSDA works closely with a number of key partners, including a wide range of local tourism and community groups.




SOSE was set up in 2020 to address the unique situation in the South of Scotland, and establish the South as a centre of opportunity, innovation and growth

It aims to drive inclusive growth, increase competitiveness, and tackle inequality within the region.

SOSE works across Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders, providing a range of services and support to help businesses and communities to realise their full potential.


VisitScotland is Scotland’s national tourism organisation. 

Our aim is to benefit Scotland by growing the value of tourism and events. We want to drive the visitor economy and create better places for people to live, work and visit. We do so through our marketing, industry development, and events work. In this section of the website, you’ll find details about who we are and how to get in touch with us, the work that we do, job opportunities and more.

Scottish Borders Council 

The unitary authority for the Scottish Borders region, The council area is divided into 11 wards that elect 34 councillors for 

  • The Tweed Valley
  • Eildon and  Leaderdale
  • Selkirk and the Valleys
  • Berwickshire and Lammermuirs
  • The Cheviots
  • Teviotdale, Liddesdale & Eskdale
  • The Berwickshire Coast


Dumfries & Galloway Council 

The Unitary autority for the Dumfries & Galloway region. The council area is divided up into 12 wards that elect 43 councillors for 

  • Annandale
  • Dumfries
  • Heart of Galloway
  • Nithsdale
  • Solway Firth
  • The Machars
  • The Rhins of Galloway

Energise Galashiels

Energise Galashiels aims to provide a focus for engaging with our community, to develop a vision for and deliver actions to improve Galashiels and create a more vibrant, welcoming and confident community.

Energise Galashiels was established in November 2014, when it merged individuals and groups sharing a vision for a more vibrant, confident and inviting community. Comprising of local volunteers, the group has been awarded charitable status and works alongside Scottish Borders Council, South of Scotland Enterprise and a number of community organisations in the town


The Stranraer Development Trust

Formed by a group of people who were concerned about the downturn of the town.  The Trust received charitable status in February 2016 as a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation).  The primary aims of the Trust are to achieve sustainable regeneration of the community of Stranraer addressing a range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues.  It will take forward projects that will increase opportunities, improve the attractiveness of the town, attract more visitors and revive the lost sense of pride in the town and what it has to offer.

Annan Harbor Trust

Sanquhar Enterprise Company

Visit Kelso

Go Tweed Valley 

Hawick Development Trust