Aim: To enhance the collective economic wellbeing of our community
Trusts play an important role in the economic regeneration of towns
across Scotland and there is a real appetite for this in Dalkeith. The
community want to support businesses and explore opportunities for
social enterprise, as well as sharing individual skills and knowledge.
In order to enhance Dalkeith’s economic wellbeing, One Dalkeith will
therefore seek consensus on the local economy, adopting a “place-based”
approach, focused on these three initial areas of activity:
Support local businesses and facilitate them working together
One Dalkeith has secured a significant Business Improvement District Scotland (BIDS) seed corn grant. This will enable One Dalkeith to work in conjunction with the local business community to identify, plan and implement initiatives, actions and projects to benefit all participants. This will enhance the area’s commercial product and service offerings. When and where possible this will involve businesses and market sectors working in collaboration and towards common goals often under a unifying theme, such as tourism, heritage, digital marketing or buying local.
Develop and support social enterprise including sustainable energy
A valuable contribution to the local economy can be made using social enterprise, which includes any enterprising activity with a social benefit. One Dalkeith will explore and support a range of ideas for this, including models of community ownership and stewardship of assets. The first such idea will be a sustainable energy generation project, to produce an income for community projects. Making use of the land and channelling the financial benefits back to the community who live on it is in keeping with a traditional Gaelic principle, expressed in the word ‘Dùthchas’, that ‘people belong to places’. Other social enterprise initiatives could include using community purchasing power for food or energy.
Develop ways of sharing skills and knowledge