H&H Land and Property Expands Following New Initiative

6th December 2017

H&H Land and Property have recently expanded their presence in the north of England – previously from Kendal to Carlisle, and across Durham – into the Scottish Borders, to open offices in Newtown St Boswells and Thornhill. As such James Murphy Managing Director of H&H Land and Property believes that new Borderlands Initiative provides a particularly significant opportunity to farmers, landowners and rural business.

The Borderlands Initiative covers five local authorities in the Scottish Borders and northern England, including:

  • Carlisle City Council
  • Cumbria County Council
  • Dumfries & Galloway Council
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Scottish Borders Council.

The aim of the initiative is to promote economic growth and competitiveness in the area in selected sectors including:

  • Digital technology
  • Innovation
  • Low carbon
  • Energy

As Managing Director of this leading cross border firm of Chartered Surveyors, James tells us what this means: ‘The new Borderlands Initiative provides a unique opportunity for landowners and farmers to work together cross-border, and take advantage of funding opportunities in the highly related industries of technology, energy, tourism, innovation, farming, and low carbon. The leveraging of extra investment in both the public and private sector provides ample capability for long-term growth in our region and industry.’

“We can report that it would appear more people are indeed being encouraged to visit, live, and work in the Borderland Initiative’s region. We have seen during 2017 that the farms and land market is already showing a healthy interest from purchasers wishing to relocate to the area.  In these times of pre-Brexit uncertainty, the news of this initiative is particularly timely, as it provides reassurance to people that political initiates are producing real benefits in our local area, which will very likely translate into future profit and greater opportunities.”

The entire cross-border area covered by H&H Land and Property’s offices will now benefit from inward investment in the areas focused upon by the initiative. These include transport, connectivity, and existing physical and infrastructure connections. This should promote other forms of investment in the area thereby enhancing local economic benefit.

Councillor Shona Haslam, leader of Scottish Borders council, said that: ‘Sustainable economic growth and encouraging more people to visit, live and work are shared objectives for all the Borderlands partners, and today’s announcement is an important next step towards achieving potentially significant funding for the region. For the Scottish Borders, the Borderlands Initiative… [will] help to support and drive inclusive growth, investment and improved infrastructure’.