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You may have a great business idea. You may want to be your own boss.

Making the jump from a great idea to a sustainable profitable business can be exciting but also challenging. If you are thinking of starting a business then find out how the CX Project can help you.

Business Startup


Your business may be doing really well and you want to take it to the next level.

If you would appreciate some help or support in thinking through your business strategy and the implications of growth for your business, the CX Project can facilitate such support.

Business Growth



The CX Project is committed to supporting the delivery of Master plan projects within Gretna, Lockerbie and Annan.

These are long term, high level, strategic plans and the delivery of projects will be spread across a number of years and the availability of funding.

Community Regeneration

  • CX Project improves grants scheme to reflect needs of ambitious businesses

    The success and positive impact the CX Project Grants have made to those businesses that have accessed funding to date has been recognised by funders, and improvements have been made to offer greater flexibility and provide more opportunities aimed at businesses with growth potential. These changes include raising the maximum grant limit to 25,000.
    Could your business be part of that success?

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  • CX Project Client Case Study

    Mapleco Motorsports is in the fast lane for specialist electronics. Tony Buckley has come full circle from his first job when leaving school and joining M-Sport, Malcolm Wilson's well known rallying company, as an apprentice. Now with advice and support from the CX Project Tony has his own company making specialist wiring looms for rally cars from an industrial unit in Annan.

    Read about Tony's experience>>>>


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  • CX Project Young Entrepreneur Case Study

    Mad Notions is a dream come true for Annan resident, Laura McMurdo. Through the Young Entrepreneur's Project she has received business planning & access to a package of funding to help her set up the business. From her premises at Lady Street Laura sells an amazing range of art and craft supplies and hosts specialist craft workshops.

    Read about her experience>>>>

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  • Business Compensation Grant

    The Scottish Governments Business compensation grant of 3,000 is intended to support businesses who have suffered severe disruption to trade, this could include closure for a number of days, loss of customers through disruption to production or access in the most recent severe flooding incidents in December 2015 and January 2016 (Storms Desmond and Frank) .The grants are intended to support businesses in their recovery and are not intended to cover losses incurred by the flooding which should have been covered by insurance.

    Council officers will be contacting businesses who have been in receipt of the 1,500 Business support grant as the 3,000 grant is a separate application process. Officers will assist businesses in completing the application.

    If you have not received a 1,500 business support grant but wish to enquire about possible eligibility for the additional Business compensation grant contact officers on: 01387 273998 / 273992 and we will respond to your enquiry. Or

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boost local economy

What is the CX Project?

The CX Project was launched in 2011 with funding from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Socio-Economic Fund and Dumfries and Galloway Council to provide area-specific and intensified business support, aimed at start up and existing businesses, to boost the local economy in the Annandale and Eskdale area of Dumfries & Galloway.

The object is to mitigate the impact of the de-commissioning at Chapelcross Nuclear Power Station and regenerate the wider community of Annandale and Eskdale. As 80% of the workforce live within 9 miles of the site and 97% within 20 miles, it became clear that a large proportion of the 30 million payroll currently flows into the local economy each year.

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