L-R Professor Russel Griggs, chair of South of Scotland Enterprise, David Pike & Karin Sode

SOUTH of Scotland Enterprise today welcomed news that energy provider People’s Energy will provide a welcome boost to the local economy – as they create an initial 100 new jobs over the next few months in Selkirk, with plans for further recruitment.

The announcement comes as People’s Energy, run by husband and wife entrepreneurs Karin Sode and David Pike, joins South of Scotland Enterprise as new tenants of Ettrick Riverside Office Space in Selkirk.

David, chief executive officer of Edinburgh-based company, said: “We’re really excited about opening a new office in Selkirk as the next step in our journey towards eradicating fuel poverty in the UK.

“The region has a highly talented workforce and we look forward to creating around 100 new jobs over the next eighteen months.

“We’re especially pleased to be creating local employment during the current health and economic crisis, when so many jobs are being lost.

“Looking to expand our operations, we were thrilled to be offered high-quality business space in Selkirk in addition to our existing offices in Shawfair, Edinburgh and Musselburgh.”

Professor Russel Griggs, South of Scotland Enterprise chair, said: “People’s Energy’s expansion into Selkirk and the potential of new jobs is fantastic news for the community. 

“The Borders has a fantastic reputation for high quality customer service and expertise in the energy sector and I see this as a much-needed boost for Selkirk, and the wider South of Scotland economy. 

“As we start to move through the route-map out of the COVID-19 crisis, the creation of job opportunities for local people will be an invaluable contribution in rebuilding our communities and businesses. 

“I’d like to offer a personal welcome to People’s Energy and we look forward to working closely within the coming months and years.”