The businessman behind a £500,000 visitor centre for the Scottish Borders hopes his new venture could become a top visitor attraction
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in D&G saw thousands of birds descend on the centre during flooding earlier this month.
The latest poll suggests voters will base their decisions on whether they think Scotland's economy would be better or worse off.
Standard Life's chief executive has said a number of issues related to Scottish independence "remain uncertain" as the firm confirmed it is considering plans to leave the country.
In a statement, David Nish said: "For this reason, we have engaged with key politicians and analysed the relevant papers published by both sides of the independence debate.
Mr Nish said "we believe a number of material issues remain uncertain", including:
- The currency that an independent Scotland would use
- Whether agreement and ratification of an independent Scotland’s membership to the European Union would be achieved by the target date (currently 24 March 2016)
- The shape and role of the monetary system
- The arrangements for financial services regulation and consumer protection in an independent Scotland
- The approach to individual taxation
The pensions and savings firm Standard Life has outlined contingency plans to leave Scotland if Scotland votes for independence and "if anything were to threaten" its business.
In a statement, chairman Gerry Grimstone said: "Scotland has been a good place from which to run our business and to compete around the world. We very much hope that this can continue.
"But if anything were to threaten this, we will take whatever action we consider necessary – including transferring parts of our operations from Scotland – in order to ensure continuity and to protect the interests of our stakeholders."
The firm said it has 189 years of "proud heritage" in Scotland.
Sixty new jobs are being created at BSW Timber. Thirty posts will be at its sawmill in Carlisle, thirty in Dalbeattie. The company, based in Earlston in the Scottish Borders, has six operating sites across the UK and is the country's leading producer of sawn softwood.
Every month our reporter Jenny Longden takes a look at what's happening on the region's farms.
She's been following Jedburgh farmer Stephen Withers as he cares for his cattle. One of his main priorities at the moment is keeping them free of disease during the winter.
A new facility to help businesses and groups in West Cumbria develop design ideas has opened in Cockermouth.
The idea is that community groups, businesses, individual entrepreneurs and inventors can use the Fab Lab to design new products on digital programmes and have them created on site.
The sorts of things that can be developed are interior design products or anything that can be used as a prototype for engineering projects.
Designers based at the Fab Lab can help people make their products.
The only thing that the person has to pay for is the materials used in the products themselves.
The facility is funded through the Britain's Energy Coast economic development organisation which is an initiative that helps businesses in West Cumbria.
A committee of MPs has criticised the consortium that manages the Sellafield nuclear plant.
The Common's Public Accounts Committee says it's concerned about spiralling costs and big delays.
It says Nuclear Management Partners has failed to provide clear leadership.
Two very different communities say they're being badly affected by road works in Cumbria.
The rural villages in Borrowdale have been hit by the closure of the main road to Keswick, and in the town centre of Wigton, businesses and shops say trade is down because of new gas mains being laid.
Matthew Taylor reports.
The B5289 Borrowdale Road in the Lake District will be shut to cars for six weeks while a retaining wall is repaired.
Pedestrians, dismounted cyclists and horse riders will be able to pass through while work is ongoing.It'll cost around £60,000 to complete the work.
One of the main roads through the Lake District will be closed for six weeks. The B5289, which skirts along the east of Derwent Water and is the main access road for communities along Borrowdale including Grange, Rosthwaite and Seatoller, is shut.
Cumbria Highways Engineers say need to carry out structural repairs to a retaining wall that stops the roadway from collapsing into the lake. Residents and businesses will face a detour across Honister Pass which can get blocked by snow and ice in winter.
Barry Surtees from Honister Slate Mine said it would affect his business by stopping lorries from using the Borrowdale route to collect slate. He also criticised the council for a lack of notice claiming he had not had any communications from Cumbria County Council directly.
– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for highways
"We appreciate that this is a popular, well-known road work on the retaining wall and keep one lane open, we now know that this cannot be done safely.
"We will pull out all the stops to get the work done as soon as we can and keep our fingers crossed that the weather will be kind as this will help with the time it takes.”
More than 150 people packed into a meeting in Brampton last night to hear about plans for a renewable energy project in the town.
The scheme, by Brampton and Beyond Energy, would generate power for up to 200 homes as part of a community project for the area.
There was public support, but some people are worried about the smell and voiced concerns about the site being too close to homes.