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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

Selkirk revitalisation plans up for public review

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A £450,00 plan to revitalise the centre of Selkirk will go on display in the town's Victoria Halls on Saturday, for people to give their feedback.

The town centre plans aim to provide safer and improved areas for bus passengers to board and better seating and pavement surfaces, while enhancing Selkirk’s historic conservation area.

We are keen to hear the views of those who live and work in the town and who will benefit from an improved town centre environment.

“Further consultation is required with Historic Environment Scotland, Selkirk CARS and Transport Scotland and Amey to conclude the design, but it is hoped construction can begin next year.”

– Councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

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Unions and politicians pledge to try and save Dumfries firm

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Politicians and a trade union have pledged to try and save a Dumfries firm which specialises in armoured vehicles.

Penman Engineering, which has 140 staff, went into administration on Wednesday.

The union, Unite, is due to visit the firm later today but in a statement said it would work hard to protect jobs.

Politicians from across the board have voiced concerns and yesterday Dumfries and Galloway MP Richard Arkless held meetings with staff and administrators and said the mood was 'positive' about the prospects of finding a buyer.

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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

D&G MP to meet Penman administrators

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Dumfries and Galloway MP, Richard Arkless, will meet administrators today following the news that Penman Engineering in Dumfries has gone into administration.

The company is involved in the manufacture of specialist vehicles and employs around 140 people.

I have postponed the rest of my constituency tour today to go straight to Dumfries and meet with the employees of Penman Engineering who are understandably very anxious about this news. I am also meeting with the administrators, Armstrong Watson, at 4pm today. I have already been in touch with Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government. My focus is on the workers, their families and the wider community and supply chain who rely on Penman Engineering.

“I will be seeking assurances that the administrators are looking for a new buyer for the company and that most, if not all, of the jobs at the Penman’s site in Dumfries will be safeguarded.

“I recognise the important contribution that Penman Engineering makes to the local economy and will be doing everything in my power to save local jobs and ensure the firm continues to operate well into the future”.

– Richard Arkless MP, Dumfries and Galloway
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