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Brewer aims sky-high for beer from clouds

Innis & Gunn are brewing beer from clouds above Devil’s Beef Tub Credit: PA

A company is making beer from skies above Moffat.

Brewer Innis & Gunn has discovered a way to extract water from clouds.

Using an airborne device fitted with a turbine and condenser, a crew of four men suck enough moisture from the cloud, cool it into water and use it to brew up to 500 pints of beer.

Innis & Gunn, known for making beer marmalade, are using their cloud-brewed beer, called Sky P.A., to help to raise £1million to continue their beer innovations.

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Dumfries 'close to becoming a ghost town'

Many shops in Dumfries have been closing. Credit: ITV Border

Traders in Dumfries say 18 businesses have closed in the past four months.

High streets are struggling across Scotland, according to new figures showing one shop closes every day on average.

This week Scottish Enterprise announced it was starting a service in Dumfries and Galloway to support retailers.

But traders in the town say that without urgent help, the situation is likely to get worse.

I think it's very close to becoming a ghost town, as are all small towns in Scotland now.

They are all on the edge of disaster. We are not doing enough to make it easier to shop in the town centre.

We are standing in a big pedestrianised area, people like their cars to go shopping, but they can't take their car anywhere near our town centre because there's just no access.

– Rab Smith, Chairman, Dumfries Retailers Association

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Concern for Cumbria's economy post Brexit

Uncertainty over the status of migrant workers when Britain leaves the European Union is a concern for Cumbria's economy, according to one of the county's business leaders.

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Rob Johnston is calling on the Government to offer clarification on the rights of employees from other EU states to work in the UK following Brexit now a timing for invoking Article 50 has been set.

He says Cumbria relies heavily on migrant workers and clarity is needed on their future.

60 jobs cut at Penman Engineering in Dumfries

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Administrators have confirmed that 60 staff members have been made redundant at Penman Engineering Ltd in Dumfries.

15 jobs currently remain at the firm.

The company went into administration on 31 August 2016.

Penman had been in business since 1859 and employed around 140 people.

The administrators, Armstrong Watson, released this statement:

Yesterday (Thursday 29 September 2016) was a very significant day in the administration of Penman Engineering Limited. Whilst all staff have been working very hard and co-operating fully with the administration team on site to move trading forward the decision had to be taken by the administrators to make 60 staff redundant. Delays in receipt of certain funds from customers meant that the administration did not have the cashflow to maintain a workforce of 75 people, and could not make the various payments to employees at the time normally expected by employees under their contracts of employment. The administrators have been seeking recovery of those funds from customers, and will continue to do so. All staff affected will be kept informed and payments will be made as soon as funds become available.

15 employees have been retained by the administrators to help complete various tasks relating to the collection of remaining debts and the ongoing sale of the business.

– Mark Ranson, Restructuring Partner, Armstrong Watson
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