South of Scotland Enterprise Bill


About the Bill

The South of Scotland Enterprise Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing MSP on 24 October 2018.

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to establish South of Scotland Enterprise and to provide for its functions.

SPICe Briefings

Stage 1

The Committee agreed its approach to the Bill at Stage 1 on 7 November 2018.


31 October & 7 November  Approach to Bill considered
12 November 2018 Call for evidence launched
28 November 2018 Evidence session with Scottish Government Bill Team
12 December 2018 Evidence session - economic interests 
19 December 2018 Evidence session - development and funding bodies
7 January 2019 Call for evidence closes
14 January 2019
Evidence session - local authorities and community councils
30 January 2019  Evidence session with the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy

Please note, dates are indicative and attendees are still to be confirmed.


The call for evidence is now closed - no further submissions will be accepted.

Read the submissions received

Visits and Events

On 14 January, the Committee visited Dumfries where it held an informal workshop as well as an external committee meeting. Over 50 people from a range of community groups, local authorities and business interests were present.

On 23 January, the Committee held an informal workshop with businesses, community groups, local authorities and individuals in Galashields. 


Work by other Committees


The Committee published its report on the Bill on 4 March 2019.

The Committee received the Scottish Government's response on 21 March 2019.

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