Type: Best practice
Status: New agreement
The Mountain Bike Innovation Centre together with the proposed Tweed Valley Bike Park and Trail Lab near Innerleithenwill be a key development for the South of Scotland and will be funded as part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal. The Innovation Centre is predicted to contribute £141 million in Gross Value Added (GVA) and create over 400 jobs in the South of Scotland over ten years.
The overall project is being delivered by South of Scotland Enterprise, alongside partners Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) and Scottish Borders Council (SBC).
The Innovation Centre will allow Scottish, UK and International companies to develop innovative products and services, or even train and test athletes within the mountain biking and cycling sector. It will also offer a place for businesses to showcase their products in the heart of the UK’s leading mountain bike destination.
In addition, the renovation of the listed Caerlee Mill for commercial use will help preserve an important building for the local community and for Scotland’s industrial heritage.