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Potential jobs boost for Selkirk

A timber company could take over the former Co-op home furnishing store Credit: PA

A Borders-based timber company's expansion plans could create more than 50 new jobs in Selkirk.

Oregon Timber - who are based at Dunsdale Haugh - want to take over the nearby former Co-op home furnishing store which closed last summer.

Oregon, who supply timber frames for house-builders such as Cala, Miller and Dawn, already have a 100-strong workforce in Selkirk.

The firm has applied to Scottish Borders Council for planning permission to change its use from retail to a timber manufacturing facility.

Documents lodged with the application state the new factory will have a proposed employment of 53 staff.

"The sole aim of making this application is to pursue the company's desire to acquire additional space suitable for the proposed expansion of its current timber frame manufacturing facility in Selkirk."

– Spokesperson, Oregon Timber

Tesco's Carlisle plans scrapped

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Supermarket chain Tesco has scrapped plans for a convenience store in Carlisle.

It won planning consent in January 2011 for a store on a former bowling green behind the Horse and Farrier pub in Wigton Road.

The decision comes as the brand has announced losses of £6.4 billion - one of the biggest in UK corporate history.

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Unions enter talks over Sellafield site safety concerns

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Unions representing more than 1,200 construction workers at the Sellafield site have agreed to enter into talks with a mediator.

Workers voted in favour of industrial action last week after a 10 month dispute over health and safety concerns.

Unite and GMB say that their issue is not with Sellafield Ltd, but with the NAECI managers contractor.

They have warned that if their safety concerns are not addressed by NAECi, they will ballot for strike action once more.

Today at the NAECI Stewards committee, we voted unanimously to recommend to our members at the Report Back meeting this Friday that we accept the offer of the National Joint Council to mediate a meeting to resolve the issues ASAP.

"If the talks are unsuccessful, the process of balloting for industrial action will take place."

– Spokesperson, Unite and GMB Unions

Unions meet to decide Sellafield action

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Unions that represent more than 1,200 construction workers at Sellafield will meet today to decide what type of industrial action will be taken at the site.

Unite union says the move follows a 10 month dispute over health and safety, and a disagreement over the employment of a full-time shop steward.

Sellafield says the workers are contractors, employed by other companies, and that their actions won't affect site operations or safety

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Hawick businesses plan to halt High Street's decline

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Businesses in Hawick will be meeting in the coming weeks to decide how to halt the decline of the town's High Street.

A group called 'Future Hawick' was set up last October and has now been given £30,000 from Scottish Borders Council to fund improvements.

Local businesses will be looking at the best way to spend the money.

Old bus gets new life as mobile barbers

The couple have converted an old school bus into a mobile barbers Credit: ITV Border

A pair of former soldiers from Carlisle have given up careers in the army to open their own mobile barber shop.

Joe Thomas, who served in Afghanistan, and his fiancee Alison Storrar have converted an old school bus into a hair studio.

They say chose their new careers to find happiness.

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