225-year-old Borders mill faces possible closure

Scotland's oldest continually operating textile mill is facing possible closure.

'Innerleithen has had its fair share of bad luck' says Borders councillor

Caerlee Mills, in Innerleithen, Scottish Borders Credit: ITV News Border

Scottish Borders councillor Gavin Logan, said:

"Innerleithen has had more than its share of bad luck in recent years and I hope that every effort is being made to attract new businesses and jobs to the town."

"The company prided itself on its 'Caerlee Mills 100 per cent made in Scotland' label but has now fallen victim to the harsh economic tradition conditions in the knitwear industry."

Caerlee Mills Credit: ITV News Border

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Historic Borders mill calls in receivers

Scotland's oldest continually operating textile mill is facing possible closure.

36 jobs could be at risk at the Innerleithen based Caerlee Mills after receivers were called in.

The mill dates back to 1788 and once employed 400 workers under the ownership of Ballantyne and Dawson International.

"I am deeply disappointed by the news that Caerlee Mills have called in the Receiver.

"This puts at risk the jobs of 36 staff, a team led by Tom Harkness who have struggled on trying to keep this business alive.

"They struggled through very difficult circumstances and in the teeth of an international recession.

"There may be a glimmer of hope in the fact that some other textile businesses in the Borders have seen a recent upturn in business but this is still a bitter blow for Innerleithen as its last mill goes into receivership."

– Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council's economic development spokesman