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Canadian company completes takeover of Wigton-based firm Innovia

Innovia manufactures a film used in the new polymer £5 bank note Credit: PA

Canadian company, CCL Industries, has completed the purchase of Wigton-based firm Innovia Group of Companies (Innovia) for the total of £694million (1.14billion Canadian dollars).

The acquisition was first announced in December.

We are extremely pleased to welcome the employees of the Innovia Group of companies to the CCL family.

– Geoffrey T. Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer of CCL

Innovia employs 1,200 people globally and more than 600 at Wigton, where it manufactures the polypropylene film for used in the new £5 bank note.

CCL Industries employs more than 20,000 people in 35 countries.

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Story of Campaigner Madge Elliot MBE forms part of new exhibition

Madge Elliot MBE, John Lamont MSP and Elliot's son, Kim. Credit: SCUP Borders

Campaigner Madge Elliot MBE from Hawick visited the Scottish Parliament today as her story was revealed as part of a new exhibition.

Madge Elliot was at the forefront of the campaign to reopen the Waverley line, which lead to one train being named after her in 2015. She also founded the Campaign for Borders Rail.

John Lamont MSP said the exhibition pays tribute to the hard work that brought back part of the Waverley line.

Madge has visited the Scottish Parliament a number of times to push for the new line and it was down to her hard work that the legislation was passed to begin the process of reopening the railway.

While the results of her efforts have been great, Madge agrees with the need to continue to press for the line to go on to Hawick, her home town, and beyond.

Very fittingly, Madge took the train to the Parliament and said she was very impressed with the service.

– John Lamont MSP.
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