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'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


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.

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