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Historic knitwear brand to be revitalised in Hawick

One of Scotland’s oldest luxury cashmere brands is set to be resurrected in Hawick.

Langlands Mill has been purchased by 1881 J.&D. McGeorge Ltd. to start producing McGeorge of Scotland knitwear.

The company plans to bring the building back to it's original purpose as a textile mill, starting production and creating 20 jobs in spring 2017.

Knitwear manufacturing still plays a key role in our local economy and is an important part of our approach to inclusive growth. It is great news for Hawick that this textiles inward investment is being made just now."

– Councillor Stuart Bell, Executive Member for Economic Development at Scottish Borders Council


27 workers to lose jobs at Carlisle firm

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27 workers are to lose their jobs at Mitchell Dryers in Carlisle.

The firm has been making and supplying industrial dryers in Denton Holme since the 1800's. The company has gone into administration due to a lack of orders.

There are still hopes the business may be sold as a going concern.

Five of the 32 workers are being retained to complete the existing orders.

60 jobs cut at Penman Engineering in Dumfries

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Administrators have confirmed that 60 staff members have been made redundant at Penman Engineering Ltd in Dumfries.

15 jobs currently remain at the firm.

The company went into administration on 31 August 2016.

Penman had been in business since 1859 and employed around 140 people.

The administrators, Armstrong Watson, released this statement:

Yesterday (Thursday 29 September 2016) was a very significant day in the administration of Penman Engineering Limited. Whilst all staff have been working very hard and co-operating fully with the administration team on site to move trading forward the decision had to be taken by the administrators to make 60 staff redundant. Delays in receipt of certain funds from customers meant that the administration did not have the cashflow to maintain a workforce of 75 people, and could not make the various payments to employees at the time normally expected by employees under their contracts of employment. The administrators have been seeking recovery of those funds from customers, and will continue to do so. All staff affected will be kept informed and payments will be made as soon as funds become available.

15 employees have been retained by the administrators to help complete various tasks relating to the collection of remaining debts and the ongoing sale of the business.

– Mark Ranson, Restructuring Partner, Armstrong Watson


Cumbria explores nuclear investment benefits

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Cumbrian businesses have been hearing how they could benefit from being included in future developments in the nuclear industry.

A conference held in Carlisle this morning, examined how nuclear investment could benefit all of Cumbria, not just the west.

Delegates hear that businesses could have a stake in billions of pounds.

Cumbria is a nuclear county and what we've therefore got to do is make sure that we actually reap the benefits of that. There's billions of pounds coming in investment, National Grid, NuGen, existing investments from Sellafield, into Barrow in the defence industry - so there's a lot of investment coming in.

"What we've got to make sure is that the Cumbrian economy, the Cumbrian businesses and the Cumbrian people benefit from that."

– John Stevenson MP, Carlisle Conservative
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