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Kerr: Precision Engineering closure a 'big blow' to the Borders

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Calum Kerr has responded to the news that Borders Precision Engineering, in Kelso, has gone into liquidation.

Up to 80 staff have lost their jobs following the collapse of the company.

The MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk said the closure was a 'big blow' to the region.

I am hugely concerned to hear about what has happened at Border Precision. This is a big blow to Kelso and the Borders and obviously a very worrying time for the workforce and their families.

“I am currently seeking urgent meetings with those involved to see if I can be of any assistance and if there may be a future for the business.

“I will also be contacting Fergus Ewing, the Enterprise Minister in the Scottish Government, to arrange an urgent discussion and to find out what kind of help he may be able to make available.”

– Calum Kerr, MP

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Businesses set to meet over Tour of Britain

The last time the cycle race was in Cumbria was in 2013 Credit: ITV Border

Business across the region are being encouraged to take advantage of the Tour of Britain, which is here for three days in September.

Last time the cycle race was in Cumbria, in 2013, it brought more than £4 million to the local economy.

A meeting of Allerdale businesses will be held in Cockermouth next week to discuss the possible spin offs.

'It's taken 5,500 people to get DG Council to listen'

A retired businessman, who has handed in a petition against the planned flood defence system at Whitesands, in Dumfries, has slammed the town's council.

David Slater says it's taken a 5,500 signature petition to get Dumfries and Galloway Council to engage with people who are concerned about the plans:

The main area of concern for protesters is the plan to scrap 230 parking spaces at Whitesands, which they say will affect local businesses.

Petition against Dumfries flood defences to be presented

Whitesands in Dumfries. Credit: ITV Border

A petition against plans to build flood defences on a car park is set to be handed over to Dumfries and Galloway Council today.

Around 5,000 people have signed the petition, arguing that the loss of 230 parking spaces on Dumfries' Whitesands will harm trade for local businesses.

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