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Union says it will work to protect Penman jobs

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Unite the Union says it will work hard to protect the jobs of it's members at Penman Engineering in Dumfries.

Penman Engineering announced that administrators for the company had been appointed yesterday.

The company, which employs 140 people and specialises in bespoke vehicle design and construction, blamed a delay in the arrival of a major contract.

This is a worrying time for our members at Penman Engineering. In the coming days and weeks, we will support them, and will work hard to ensure that their rights are respected in this process.

“We will also work hard to protect their jobs. We will work constructively with the company and the administrators, and we call on our elected representatives at council, Holyrood and Westminster level, to do everything they can to help secure a new buyer.

“Scotland can’t afford to lose more high-skilled jobs from the manufacturing sector, and Dumfries & Galloway can’t afford another blow to its economy.”

– Paul Neilson, Unite regional officer


Carlisle bar wants patrons to 'keep their phones in their pockets'

Are you one of those people who can't put your mobile down when you're out?

Or does it drive you mad when friends constantly surf the net or post messages on social media?

One bar in Carlisle is asking its customers to put their phones in their pocket on a night out because they're worried that it's killing the art of conversation.

So, is it time for a digital detox? Paul Crone has been looking at the 'fors' and 'againsts'.


'We launched quickly and failed quickly' says editor of Cumbria newspaper

David Helliwell, editorial director at CN, says 24 "launched quickly" and "failed quickly".

It follows the announcement that the Cumbrian newspaper will cease publication,less than six weeks after launching.

“We were proud of the design and content and had encouraging feedback and buy-in from advertisers but unfortunately copy sales are just not high enough to justify continuing daily publication.

It was always a calculated risk to see whether there was enough of a gap for us to squeeze into beside the big beasts of the daily market and it hasn't come off.

We launched quickly, failed quickly and learned an awful lot along the way. We’re obviously disappointed it didn't work out but it hasn't diminished our appetite for trying new publications, be they print or digital.

The closure in no way reflects on the dedicated efforts of the small editorial team who produced 24 on a daily basis to a high standard.

I'd also like to thank PA for their considerable support in this venture. It was their wealth of content that allowed us to even think of launching 24 and it’s been a pleasure working with them.”

– David Helliwell, editorial director at CN
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