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Watch: funding boost for Eden food and farms

The Eden District of Cumbria has been awarded Food Enterprise Status.

It means the area will get a £50,000 share of funding to boost businesses in the food and farming sector.

The council has decided to spend it on employing a consultancy to look into streamlining planning regulations to allow businesses to grow easily.

Fiona Marley Paterson has been looking into what it'll mean for big and small businesses near Penrith.

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Food for thought as Eden gets grant

Eden is known for its local cheeses, and the Cumberland Sausage. Credit: ITV Border

Eden District Council has been awarded £50,000 to turn the area into a 'Food Hub'.

The grant has been awarded by DEFRA - the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

It's hope the 17 Food Hubs, throughout the UK, will boost tourism and attract investment, as well as helping to grow the rural economy.

We are delighted to have been selected for an award of £50K to support the setting up of a food and farming zone in the District and in order to make sure we get this right we are talking to local businesses to understand where and how they wish to expand and what barriers there might be to expansion which the Local Development order will overcome.

We already have a renowned food and farming sector in Eden and this award will enable us to build on that success story.”

– Ruth Atkinson, Eden District Council’s Communities Director

Dredging to begin at Annan harbour

Annan Harbour Credit: ITV Border

The dredging of Annan harbour is due to start - and it's hoped it'll boost the town's economy.

Annan Harbour Action Group has been awarded a £22,000 grant to fund the work, which will remove silt which has built up at the harbour.

It's hoped this will make it useable for boats again, driving more tourism to the area.

Border Precision staff to be offered support

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Staff at a Borders engineering firm that are facing redundancy are being offered support by the Scottish Government.

79 workers were told to go home from work earlier this week, after Border Precision Engineering went into liquidation.

An event is being held for them in the Tait Hall in Kelso on Tuesday (7th July) between 1pm-4pm, where they can find out more about their options and support available to them.

SNP MSP for South Scotland, Paul Wheelhouse says:

“My thoughts are with those employees and their families currently facing uncertainty at this most stressful of times. It is always difficult to witness any company face potential insolvency, but it is especially upsetting to see a company that is so important a local employer face such a savage change of its fortunes and to see it happen so unexpectedly.

“I also understand a meeting between the company and liquidators was also due to take place today (Wednesday) and I hope that it may not be beyond the possibility that something may yet be salvaged from what is undoubtedly a very worrying situation.

“If I can be of assistance to any of my constituents in dealing with the knock-on consequences of this news for them, I will of course do whatever I can to support them. The Deputy First Minister has offered to keep me up-to-date with any developments and my staff and I stand ready to provide any support we can through my office in Hawick, supporting the efforts of the PACE team and other national and local agencies.

– Paul Wheelhouse MSP

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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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