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EstablishmentS

1South of Scotland EnterpriseS

(1)South of Scotland Enterprise is established.

(2)It is a body corporate.

Commencement Information

I1S. 1 in force at 16.10.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

2People constituting body and staffS

(1)South of Scotland Enterprise is to consist of—

(a)a member to chair it,

(b)at least 5, but not more than 10, other members, and

(c)its chief executive.

(2)Schedule 1 makes provision about South of Scotland Enterprise's members and staff.

Commencement Information

I2S. 2 in force at 16.10.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

3Exclusion of Crown statusS

(1)South of Scotland Enterprise—

(a)is not a servant or agent of the Crown, and

(b)does not enjoy any status, immunity or privilege of the Crown.

(2)South of Scotland Enterprise's members and staff are not to be regarded as civil servants.

Commencement Information

I3S. 3 in force at 16.10.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

4Application of public bodies legislationS

(1)Schedule 2 amends other enactments so that their provisions apply to South of Scotland Enterprise.

(2)The amendments made by schedule 2 do not affect any power to make an order or regulations amending or revoking any enactment mentioned in schedule 2.

Commencement Information

I4S. 4 in force at 16.10.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

Aims and powersS

5AimsS

(1)South of Scotland Enterprise's aims are to—

(a)further the sustainable economic and social development of the South of Scotland, and

(b)improve the amenity and environment of the South of Scotland.

(2)Achieving those aims may involve taking action directed towards (amongst other things)—

(a)supporting inclusive and sustainable economic growth,

(b)providing, maintaining and safeguarding employment,

(c)increasing the number of residents in the South of Scotland who are of working age,

(d)enhancing skills and capacities relevant to employment,

(e)encouraging business start-ups and entrepreneurship,

(f)supporting inclusive business models (such as social enterprises and co-operatives of any kind),

(g)promoting commercial and industrial—

(i)efficiency,

(ii)innovativeness, and

(iii)international competitiveness,

(h)promoting digital connectivity,

(i)promoting improved transport services and infrastructure,

(j)supporting communities to help them meet their needs,

(k)supporting community ownership of land and other assets,

(l)maintaining, protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural heritage and environmental quality of the South of Scotland,

(m)promoting the sustainable and efficient use and re-use of resources,

(n)supporting the transitions required to meet the net-zero emissions target (as defined in section A1 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009),

(o)encouraging and facilitating collaborations between persons that will advance one or more of South of Scotland Enterprise's aims.

(3)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations alter South of Scotland Enterprise's aims by modifying this section.

Commencement Information

I5S. 5 in force at 1.4.2020 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 3(2) (as amended by S.S.I. 2020/85, regs. 1, 2)

6Action planS

(1)South of Scotland Enterprise—

(a)must make a plan of the things it intends to do to achieve its aims (“its action plan”),

(b)must keep its action plan under review,

(c)may modify its action plan at any time (subject to subsection (2)).

(2)South of Scotland Enterprise may not make or modify its action plan unless the plan or modification has been approved in draft by the Scottish Ministers.

(3)Replacing one version of the action plan with another is a modification of the plan for the purposes of this section.

Commencement Information

I6S. 6 in force at 1.4.2020 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 3(2) (as amended by S.S.I. 2020/85, regs. 1, 2)

7Consultation on action planS

(1)South of Scotland Enterprise must—

(a)consult about its action plan before first making it, and

(b)thereafter, begin to consult about its action plan within 5 years of completing the last consultation under this subsection.

(2)Before carrying out a consultation under subsection (1), South of Scotland Enterprise must prepare, and make publicly available, a document describing its strategy for consulting with—

(a)people who live and work in the South of Scotland, and

(b)businesses and public authorities that operate there.

(3)In carrying out a consultation under subsection (1), South of Scotland Enterprise must—

(a)follow its most recently prepared consultation strategy, and

(b)seek views from—

(i)Dumfries and Galloway Council,

(ii)Scottish Borders Council.

(4)Having completed a consultation under subsection (1), South of Scotland Enterprise must—

(a)prepare a report setting out what (if anything) it intends to do in light of the views elicited through the consultation process, and

(b)send a copy of the report to—

(i)the Scottish Ministers, and

(ii)the local authorities mentioned in subsection (3)(b).

(5)The Scottish Ministers are to lay before the Scottish Parliament a copy of each report received by them under subsection (4).

(6)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations change the date by which the next consultation under subsection (1) must begin to a date later than would otherwise be allowed by paragraph (b) of that subsection if, in the Scottish Ministers' opinion, it would be expedient to do so in order to synchronise South of Scotland Enterprise's consultation process with any equivalent consultation process being undertaken by, or on behalf of, Scottish Enterprise or Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Commencement Information

I7S. 7 in force at 1.4.2020 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 3(2) (as amended by S.S.I. 2020/85, regs. 1, 2)

8General powersS

(1)South of Scotland Enterprise may do anything which appears to it to be—

(a)either—

(i)necessary or expedient for the purposes of, or in connection with, achieving its aims or the performance of any of its other functions, or

(ii)otherwise conducive to the performance of its functions, and

(b)consistent with its action plan.

(2)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), South of Scotland Enterprise may—

(a)enter into contracts,

(b)acquire and dispose of land and other property,

(c)form or promote (whether alone or with others) subsidiaries within the meaning of section 1159 of the Companies Act 2006,

(d)form and register (whether alone or with others) a society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014,

(e)enter into a partnership,

(f)become a member of a consortium,

(g)provide grants and loans.

(3)Despite the generality of subsection (1), South of Scotland Enterprise may not borrow money except from—

(a)the Scottish Ministers (see section 19), or

(b)a person who is, or was at the time the loan was made, one of its subsidiaries within the meaning of section 1159 of the Companies Act 2006.

(4)South of Scotland Enterprise may charge for providing a service.

Commencement Information

I8S. 8(1)(3) in force at 16.10.2019 for specified purposes by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2 (with reg. 4)

I9S. 8(1)(3) in force at 1.4.2020 in so far as not already in force by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 3(2) (with reg. 4) (as amended by S.S.I. 2020/85, regs. 1, 2)

I10S. 8(2)(a)(b) in force at 16.10.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

I11S. 8(2)(c)-(g)(4) in force at 1.4.2020 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 3(2) (as amended by S.S.I. 2020/85, regs. 1, 2)

Operational mattersS

9HeadquartersS

(1)The Scottish Ministers must specify in a direction under section 17 the place where South of Scotland Enterprise is to have its headquarters.

(2)Any place specified in fulfilment of the duty under subsection (1) must be in the South of Scotland.

Commencement Information

I12S. 9 in force at 16.10.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

10CommitteesS

(1)South of Scotland Enterprise may establish committees and sub-committees.

(2)Committees and sub-committees may include people who are not members of South of Scotland Enterprise.

(3)South of Scotland Enterprise may, in accordance with a determination by the Scottish Ministers—

(a)pay each member of a committee or sub-committee remuneration and allowances (including expenses), and

(b)pay, or make arrangements for the payment of, allowances and gratuities to, or in respect of, any person who is or has been a member of a committee or sub-committee.

(4)The arrangements referred to in subsection (3)(b) may include—

(a)making payments towards the provision of those allowances and gratuities,

(b)providing and maintaining schemes for the payment of those allowances and gratuities to, or in respect of, any person who is or has been a member of a committee or sub-committee.

(5)The reference in subsection (3) to allowances and gratuities includes allowances and gratuities by way of compensation for loss of office as a member of a committee or sub-committee.

Commencement Information

I13S. 10 in force at 1.4.2020 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 3(2) (as amended by S.S.I. 2020/85, regs. 1, 2)

11Workers' interests committeeS

(1)South of Scotland Enterprise must establish a committee to advise it on what might be done to advance the interests of workers in the South of Scotland.

(2)The committee must include at least one member nominated by a trade union operating in the South of Scotland.

Commencement Information

I14S. 11 in force at 1.4.2020 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 3(2) (as amended by S.S.I. 2020/85, regs. 1, 2)

12Regulation of procedureS

South of Scotland Enterprise may regulate its own procedure (including quorum) and that of its committees and sub-committees.

Commencement Information

I15S. 12 in force at 1.4.2020 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 3(2) (as amended by S.S.I. 2020/85, regs. 1, 2)

13Authority to perform functionsS

(1)South of Scotland Enterprise may authorise any of its—

(a)members,

(b)committees,

(c)sub-committees, or

(d)staff,

to perform such of its functions (and to such extent) as it may determine.

(2)The giving of authority under subsection (1) does not—

(a)affect the responsibility of South of Scotland Enterprise for the performance of the function, or

(b)prevent South of Scotland Enterprise from performing the function itself.

Commencement Information

I16S. 13 in force at 16.10.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

14Validity of things doneS

The validity of anything done by South of Scotland Enterprise, its committees or sub-committees is not affected by—

(a)a vacancy in membership or the office of chief executive,

(b)a defect in the appointment of a member or the chief executive,

(c)the disqualification of a person as a member after appointment.

Commencement Information

I17S. 14 in force at 16.10.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

AccountabilityS

15Accounts and auditS

South of Scotland Enterprise must—

(a)keep proper accounts and accounting records,

(b)prepare in respect of each financial year a statement of accounts, and

(c)send a copy of the statement to the Auditor General for Scotland for auditing.

Commencement Information

I18S. 15 in force at 16.10.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

16Annual reportS

(1)South of Scotland Enterprise must, after each financial year—

(a)prepare and publish a report of its activities during the year, and

(b)send a copy of the report to the Scottish Ministers.

(2)The Scottish Ministers are to lay before the Scottish Parliament a copy of each report received by them under subsection (1).

Commencement Information

I19S. 16 in force at 16.10.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

Ministerial powersS

17DirectionS

(1)South of Scotland Enterprise must comply with any direction issued to it by the Scottish Ministers.

(2)A direction under this section may—

(a)be general or relate to a particular function or matter,

(b)vary or revoke a direction under this section.

(3)Before issuing a direction under this section the Scottish Ministers must consult South of Scotland Enterprise about it.

(4)Having issued a direction under this section, the Scottish Ministers must publish—

(a)the direction, and

(b)their reasons for issuing it.

Commencement Information

I20S. 17 in force at 16.10.2019 for specified purposes by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

I21S. 17 in force at 1.4.2020 in so far as not already in force by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 3(2) (as amended by S.S.I. 2020/85, regs. 1, 2)

18Fair work directionS

(1)The Scottish Ministers must issue a direction under section 17 to South of Scotland Enterprise about fair work within 1 year of this section coming into force.

(2)The direction—

(a)must—

(i)stipulate that South of Scotland Enterprise is to seek to promote fair work in exercising its functions,

(ii)set out what fair work means for the purposes of the direction, and

(b)may contain any other provision which the Scottish Ministers consider appropriate in relation to the promotion of fair work by South of Scotland Enterprise.

(3)Before issuing the direction, the Scottish Ministers must consult—

(a)persons who appear to the Scottish Ministers to represent the interests of those who work in the South of Scotland, and

(b)persons who appear to the Scottish Ministers to represent the interests of employers in the South of Scotland.

Commencement Information

I22S. 18 in force at 1.4.2020 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 3(2) (as amended by S.S.I. 2020/85, regs. 1, 2)

19Financial assistanceS

(1)The Scottish Ministers may provide such financial assistance to South of Scotland Enterprise as they consider appropriate.

(2)For the purposes of subsection (1), “financial assistance” includes grants, loans, guarantees and indemnities.

(3)The Scottish Ministers may attach conditions (including conditions as to repayment and the payment of interest) in respect of any financial assistance provided.

Commencement Information

I23S. 19 in force at 16.10.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

Transfers from Scottish EnterpriseS

20Transfer of property and liabilitiesS

(1)On the day this section comes into force, the transferring property (including rights) and liabilities of Scottish Enterprise are transferred to, and vest in, South of Scotland Enterprise.

(2)The Scottish Ministers are to identify the transferring property and liabilities by regulations.

Commencement Information

I24S. 20(1) in force at 1.6.2020 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 3(1) (as amended (31.3.2020) by S.S.I. 2020/85, regs. 1, 2)

I25S. 20(2) in force at 16.10.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

InterpretationS

21Meaning of South of ScotlandS

In this Act, “the South of Scotland” means the areas of—

(a)Dumfries and Galloway Council, and

(b)Scottish Borders Council.

Commencement Information

I26S. 21 in force at 16.10.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/308, reg. 2

Final provisionsS

22Ancillary provisionS

The Scottish Ministers may by regulations make any incidental, supplementary, consequential, transitional, transitory or saving provision they consider appropriate for the purposes of, in connection with or for giving full effect to this Act or any provision made under it.

23Regulation-making powersS

(1)Regulations under this Act may make different provision for different purposes.

(2)Regulations under section 5(3) are subject to the affirmative procedure.

(3)Regulations under section 22—

(a)are subject to the affirmative procedure if they add to, replace or omit any part of the text of an Act (including this Act), but

(b)otherwise are subject to the negative procedure.

24CommencementS

(1)The following provisions come into force on the day after Royal Assent: this section and sections 22, 23 and 25.

(2)The other provisions of this Act come into force on such day as the Scottish Ministers may by regulations appoint.

(3)Regulations under this section may include transitional, transitory or saving provision.

25Short titleS

The short title of this Act is the South of Scotland Enterprise Act 2019.

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