SOSE is the economic and community development agency responsible for Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders. It was set up to address the distinct situation of this mainly rural area.

SOSE was launched in April 2020. Since then, it has supported businesses and communities in the South with grant support and a range of services, including training and enterprise advice.

Team SOSE are now developing programmes to help businesses, communities, social enterprises and individual entrepreneurs, as part of the next phase of the agency’s development.

Professor Russel Griggs OBE Chair

Jane Morrison Ross Chief Executive

Why South of Scotland Enterprise is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

We believe in providing opportunity for all, and what better way than to give someone the experience of how our board operates over the course of a year, taking the decisions that matter most to ensure maximum impact for the South of Scotland. By having this experience of a public sector board environment at close quarters we hope this encourages a much wider range of people at all ages to work on boards and contribute to further the aims of public service in the best way. We will seek to support with a mentor board member as well as the Director in charge of board governance supporting at all times through the journey, and we hope the apprentice will feel confident and comfortable to add their input as we help shape the future for the South of Scotland region.

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

South of Scotland Region

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

6 per year – we also have an Audit and Risk Committee (meets 5 times per year) People and Organisation Development Committee (meets 4 times per year) Economics committee and Just Transition committee (they both meet 2-3 times per year)

Date of Board Meetings (January 2024 – December 2024)

Not yet determined – broadly speaking following 2023 (Mid Feb, end of March, Start of June, Mid August, Start of Ocotber and Mid December)

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (January 2024 – December 2024)

Not yet confirmed