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Border Precision staff to be offered support

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Staff at a Borders engineering firm that are facing redundancy are being offered support by the Scottish Government.

79 workers were told to go home from work earlier this week, after Border Precision Engineering went into liquidation.

An event is being held for them in the Tait Hall in Kelso on Tuesday (7th July) between 1pm-4pm, where they can find out more about their options and support available to them.

SNP MSP for South Scotland, Paul Wheelhouse says:

“My thoughts are with those employees and their families currently facing uncertainty at this most stressful of times. It is always difficult to witness any company face potential insolvency, but it is especially upsetting to see a company that is so important a local employer face such a savage change of its fortunes and to see it happen so unexpectedly.

“I also understand a meeting between the company and liquidators was also due to take place today (Wednesday) and I hope that it may not be beyond the possibility that something may yet be salvaged from what is undoubtedly a very worrying situation.

“If I can be of assistance to any of my constituents in dealing with the knock-on consequences of this news for them, I will of course do whatever I can to support them. The Deputy First Minister has offered to keep me up-to-date with any developments and my staff and I stand ready to provide any support we can through my office in Hawick, supporting the efforts of the PACE team and other national and local agencies.

– Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Kerr: Precision Engineering closure a 'big blow' to the Borders

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Calum Kerr has responded to the news that Borders Precision Engineering, in Kelso, has gone into liquidation.

Up to 80 staff have lost their jobs following the collapse of the company.

The MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk said the closure was a 'big blow' to the region.

I am hugely concerned to hear about what has happened at Border Precision. This is a big blow to Kelso and the Borders and obviously a very worrying time for the workforce and their families.

“I am currently seeking urgent meetings with those involved to see if I can be of any assistance and if there may be a future for the business.

“I will also be contacting Fergus Ewing, the Enterprise Minister in the Scottish Government, to arrange an urgent discussion and to find out what kind of help he may be able to make available.”

– Calum Kerr, MP

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Borders engineering firm saved from administration

An engineering firm in the Scottish Borders has been saved from administration after a management buyout.

Borders Precision Engineering has been bought out by twenty local investors who have committed a six-figure sum to keep the company in business, and 80 jobs have now been saved.

The Kelso firm was founded in 1976 and produces medical instruments and parts for the military.

Several employees were laid off when the company entered administration in January.