"We've been trying to build our foundations as we go, but there was no time and no capacity to do the normal things during the first year," Morrison-Ross said.
We came out of Covid and went straight into the cost of living crisis, energy crisis, changes to international import-export laws and everything else, and that's been really hard, said Ms Morrison-Ross.
There are businesses that we lost across the south of Scotland because we couldn't step in with the kind of support needed to help them through six months of energy bills that have increased, in some cases, several hundred per cent.
There's no right answer if we hadn't made the initial investment, then there wouldn't be the supply, the capacity there to meet the PPE challenges during Covid.
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