An £8m scheme to clean up beaches and the sea in west Cumbria nears completion.
Locals vote to buy the land surrounding the Mull of Galloway lighthouse. They will now apply for a grant to pay for the land and cottages.
Anti nuclear campaigners say beaches in west Cumbria are contaminated
The former Bullough's building in Carlisle has been sold at auction to an unknown buyer for more than a million pounds.
Retailer Hoopers left the city centre store in March after seven years.
The Bullough family had previously run a department store in the building for nearly a hundred years.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week has kicked off in the Scottish Borders with a celebration of employers and workers in the textile industry.
South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse is leading the celebrations around Modern Apprenticeships in Hawick, and is being joined by Borders textiles and knitwear businesses.
Creative Skillset along with the Borders Textile Training Group, the Scottish Textiles and Leather Association and the Scottish Textiles Academic Group, are hosting an event in Hawick Town Hall to recognise 31 local workers who have gained qualifications within the industry.
– Ian Mcleod, Manufacturing Director, Hawick Knitwear
"This event marks a significant milestone for our industry. The Modern Apprenticeship programme has been a challenging and exciting opportunity for the knitwear industry in Hawick.
"By establishing this programme, our industry is in a great position to attract, train and develop the existing and next generation of employees.
"This will safeguard our industry's future sustainability, so that we are able to meet the demand for high quality Scottish made products for years to come."
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The Langholm textile firm Reid and Taylor Ltd has been bought for an undisclosed sum.
But according to administrators it has been sold as an assets only sale and not as a going concern.
Administrators O' Hara & Co Ltd confirmed today that the sale went ahead yesterday to a consortium of three companies one of them is based in Bradford.
It's understood that one of them is SIL Holdings Ltd which already has interests in Langholm.
Chris Brooksbank from O' Haras Ltd said there had been no offers to buy the firm as a going concern.
He added that the company, which went into administration on April 19th with the loss of 35 jobs, had very little working capital and only a few orders remaining on its books.
– Chris Brooksbank, O' Hara & Co
It's very sad that the company wasn't able to continue as a going concern and the sale's had to go through as an assets only sale.
There were no offers to take it on as a going concern and no money to continue the business.
I appreciate that this will be disappointing to many former workers and will have a large impact on the community of Langholm.
Thirty jobs are promised with the opening of a whisky and gin distillery in the Lake District.
It will be run from a converted farm, and will include a cafe and visitors centre.
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A new advice and support scheme to help businesses grow has been launched in Cumbria.
It is called the Cumbria Business Growth Hub and more than 200 companies have already signed up.
Andy Burn reports:
Thirty jobs will be created by a new whisky distillery opening near Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District.
By next year the distillery, bistro and visitor centre attraction will be fully open, with the aim to bring more tourists towards west Cumbria.
The distillery, which will produce a Lakes Malt by 2018, is based the site of a former Victorian farm at the Cockermouth end of the lake.
Work is about to begin on the first distillery to be built in the Lake District for 200 years.
The new £2.5 million distillery, based at Bassenthwaite, will produce both gin and whiskey and is expected to open in 2014.
A new initiative to help businesses in Cumbria expand and develop is being launched in Kendal today.
The Cumbria Business Growth Hub is a new £7.6 million business support programme, led by Cumbria Chamber of Commerce.
The aim of the initiative is to give local businesses advice, training and networking opportunities which will help them grow.
– Rob Johnston, Chief Executive, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
"We're absolutely delighted to be launching the Cumbria Business Growth Hub.
"It's the 'First Stop Shop' for businesses in Cumbria that want to increase their competitiveness and grow.
"Joining the Hub puts you right at the heart of this proactive new business community, with all the opportunities that offers for your business."