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Carlisle's last independent shoe shop to close

McGrath Shoes in Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle's last independent shoe shop is preparing to close its doors for the final time.

McGrath Shoes on Lowther Street will cease trading next month after 95 years in business.

Once, it was one of nine independent shoe retailers in the city.

Nowadays every clothing store sells shoes, whereas when I first started, each shop sold their own product.

But everywhere you go you can get shoes, even to the point you can go to a garden centre and buy shoes now.

– Callum Shiach, owner

Businessman calls for investment to beat Brexit uncertainty

Stobo Castle. Credit: Stobo Castle

A Scottish Borders businessman is calling on local companies to invest in their firms, to fight back against the economic uncertainty surrounding the Brexit vote.

Stephen Winyard owns Stobo Castle, a five-star spa resort in Peebles.

A seven figure sum will be invested in the company this year, and he's urging other business owners to follow suit in the hopes of avoiding a recession.


Former Toshiba boss moves to NuGen

Takeshi Yokota is the former Executive Officer and Senior VP of electronics company Toshiba. Credit: NuGen

Takeshi Yokota will take over as the new Chairman of NuGen.

NuGen are currently developing the Moorside nuclear power station in west Cumbria.

Mr. Yokota is the former Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of electronics company Toshiba.

“We look forward to working with our new chairman and board to drive forward our phenomenal project at Moorside. I am confident his renowned international experience combined with being based in the UK will greatly assist in our dealings with key stakeholders, including government.”

– Tom Samson, CEO NuGen
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