Scottish Borders Construction Forum

Scottish Borders Construction Forum

The Scottish Borders Construction Forum has been set up to discover how best to help and assist Borders Trades People, Local Businesses and Trade Suppliers (as individuals or collectively) to make more of the opportunities that the transition into energy efficiency will offer.  We want to support local people to work locally and to benefit from the opportunities that energy efficiency will bring.

Scottish Borders Council declared a Climate Emergency on 25th September 2020 and are committed to net zero by 2045. The Scottish Borders needs to ensure that it is able to take the necessary steps to meet this target and support the changes this will require. The region will need to have access to local trades, skills, training resources and an open and cooperative market to achieve net zero.

To deliver this ambition there needs to be a cohesive and successful local supply chain.

There is an urgent need to look ahead and establish how to best prepare for future opportunities, especially with regard to the impacts of climate change on the construction sector. The forum’s role is to enable and facilitate the sharing of ideas, identify opportunities, provide updates and data to support and develop the construction sector and supply chain, provide better networking opportunities and  member support across the Scottish Borders. Such a forum existed before, and its loss has left a noticeable vacuum.

Exciting Times are Ahead for the Construction Sector!

As more energy efficiency measures and government guidelines on carbon reduction come into force, the way construction currently works may need to change. This may mean that tradespeople will require additional training or certification to undertake some types of work. The indications are that demand for this type of work is going to grow significantly and there are real opportunities for local businesses in:

  • Insulation of all types
  • Draught-proofing and air-tightness
  • Double/triple and secondary glazing
  • Ventilation and heat-recovery
  • High-efficiency electric systems
  • Biomass boilers
  • District heating systems
  • Heat pumps (ground, air or water source)
  • Heating controls/thermostats
  • Solar PV and battery storage
  • Solar thermal hot water
  • Low energy appliances and lighting


Click to view the Supply Chain Forum leaflet

Click to download our first newsletter Borders Construction Forum Newslette 1 May 2022

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Community Renewal Fund

SUP Services was successful in a recent bid for Community Renewal Funding which is allowing us to explore some of the issues identified by the Forum including how to encourage more trades to take advantage of training opportunities; how to make young people more aware of the well-paid job opportunities in the sector and how to make it easier for small businesses to bid for local contracts and shared apprentices.

Work includes:

  • Scoping work to determine collaborative opportunities across the local supply chain to deliver larger (and more cost-effective) contracts, enhanced procurement skills and the opportunities around shared apprenticeships.


  • Small business training funding survey – If you’re a sole trader or small business in the construction sector you know how hard it is to find funds for training and upskilling.  Help us to help you by completing our 3-minute survey so we can make the case for increased small business funding. Click here:


  • Development of training materials and public information events to inform the sector.



This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.  For more information, visit


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