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Carlisle auction mart makes Alpaca history

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Carlisle has hosted the largest auction of organic Alpacas in the country.

58 of a Northumbrian herd of 82 have been sold, many of them pregnant.

The Peruvian animals have become increasingly popular, with around 30,000 of them in the UK now.

They were sold by Judith Russell, a farmer in Fourstones, near Hexham in Northumberland.

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Industry launches campaign to attract graduates to South Cumbria

Industrial leaders have launched a campaign to attract skilled workers to relocate to South Cumbria.

BAE, Siemens, GSK and Kimberley-Clark have created a website to collectively boast about the beautiful area they're based in.

They argue that although South Cumbria is best known for its natural beauty and the tourist hotspots of the Lake District, it's also an important hub for manufacturing and industry.

BAE Systems Maritime employs almost 7,000 people at its submarines division in Barrow-in-Furness, while GSK is investing £350m in building a new biopharm facility at its site in Ulverston.

This is an exciting time for GSK at Ulverston. We are investing in developing the existing cephalosporins factory and the new biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility will be the first new GSK factory in the UK for almost 40 years. However, we need to attract people with specialist skills from across the UK and overseas. This is a great area to live and work. The Lake District helps to ensure an unrivalled quality of life. We also have thriving communities and fantastic schools.

– Phil Wilson, Site Director of GSK in Ulverston

Siemens Subsea, which has major expansion plans, employs almost 500 people at its manufacturing HQ in Ulverston and Kimberly-Clark employs almost 400 at its paper mill in Barrow-in-Furness.

The NHS in South Cumbria and Furness College, which is building a new advanced manufacturing and engineering centre, are also supporting the scheme.

“Our workforce has grown by a staggering 65% since 2011 and our future expansion plans allow us the opportunity to grow even further, bringing with it many career development opportunities in advanced engineering. The area offers a great balance as a location to live and work. For example, my commute into work every day takes in the scenic coastal route overlooking Morecambe Bay. And at the end of the working day, it is very easy to take advantage of the beautiful countryside."

– John Collins, chief financial officer at Siemens Subsea

The Furness Economic Delivery Plan estimates the area will have at least £20bn of investment in the next 15 years, which could create around 25,000 jobs in engineering, project management, IT, healthcare and education.

The website, has information about career prospects in the area, the lifestyle and leisure opportunities.


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.


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

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.

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