Solway Firth Socio-Economic Analysis

Over the last year, EKOS has been working on twin reports for the Solway Firth Partnership, which provide a socio-economic assessment of the Solway Firth area on each side of the border. The detailed reports follow the structure of the Marine Scotland publication Scotland’s Marine Atlas First established in 1994, Solway Firth Partnership is a registered charity which works to support a vibrant and sustainable local economy while respecting, protecting and celebrating the distinctive character, heritage and natural features of the Solway marine and coastal environment , providing a summary of the main economic and social activity in the region across nine sub-sectors, with an assessment of GVA, employment and turnover for each.

The reports were funded by the European Maritime Fisheries Fund in Scotland and England respectively. First established in 1994, the Solway Firth Partnership is a registered charity which works to support a vibrant and sustainable local economy while respecting, protecting and celebrating the distinctive character, heritage and natural features of the Solway marine and coastal environment

As part of the research, EKOS:

  • compiled data from dozens of sources, including fisheries and aquaculture statistics, visitor data and passenger and freight shipping statistics;
  • consultations were also carried out with more than 40 stakeholders across different marine sectors, in both Scotland and Cumbria;
  • economic data was gathered from the Annual Business Survey and custom requests from the ONS and Scottish Government.

The full reports, alongside one page summaries, can be accessed on the Solway Firth Partnership website here:
https://www.solwayfirthpartnership.co.uk/seaes-seass/

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