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'More could be done to encourage employment'

Stephen Winyard, who runs a luxury spa and hotel near Peebles, is not completely haapy with the Autumn Statement:

"There's no need for haulage costs to go up- we depend on an awful lot of suppliers during the year, so that's a very welcomed initiative.

"But there's no reduction in national insurance contributions which we all know is a tax on jobs.

"I also have issues on the minimum wage- there are market forces out there, but minimum wages tend to start at the bottom and ripple their way up to the top of an organisation, therefore it's not helpful in encouraging employers to take on more staff.

"I'm a little disappointed as more could be done to encourage employment."

– Stephen Winyard, Managing Director, Stobo Castle

'It's all about small businesses in Cumbria"

Sally Fielding owns holiday cottages in the Lake District and believes that cancelling the fuel increase will help small businesses and tourism in the region:

It's important for ordinary people, and ordinary people is where the recovery is going to start.

"Cumbria is so sparsely populated, everyone I know gets in the car everyday to go places and to do things, so if we can start there, then brilliant.

When people come and visit Cumbria, they come in their car because it's so isolated, you have to be able to drive.

It's all about small businesses in Cumbria. We've got a few big employers who do employ a lot of people, but the majority are small businesses working together, helping each other and building the economy that way. "

– Sally Fielding, Owner, Sally's Cottages


'They're listening to the working person'

Chris Reay, the managing director of Reays coaches in Cumbria, has welcomed the news that the fuel tax increase proposed for January has now been scrapped:

"I think they're actually listening to the working person, and that's where we need to turn this country round.

"Obviously they've abolished this tax rise which is fantastic for me as a transport business, but it's for everybody because it transcends right through the food chain. It's brilliant. "

– Chris Reay, Managing Director, Reays coaches

ITV Border's business club give budget reaction

Stephen Winyard, Chris Reay and Sally Fielding Credit: ITV Border

Three leading business people in the Border region have been watching George Osborne's budget speech and sharing their opinions.

The three members are Stephen Winyard who runs Stobo Castle near Peebles, Chris Reay from Reays Coaches in Wigton and Sally Fielding from Sally's Cottages.

All of the Border business club members are looking for a freeze in fuel duty.

In the large rural areas of Cumbria and southern Scotland, the cost if fuel impacts every area of business.


'Dearly loved and sorely missed'

The family of a Borders teenager who died in a road collision on Saturday have paid tribute to him.

Graham Sinclair, 18, from Reston, was travelling on his motor scooter when the accident happened.

"Happy-go-lucky and carefree, Graham was always the life and soul of the party," it said. He had a word for everyone and was always smiling. He was dearly loved and now sorely missed by family and friends alike."

– Sinclair family statement

The accident happened on a back road between Reston and Ayton in the Scottish Borders.

Bronze medallist James Clegg comes last in his second Paralympic final

James Clegg warms up before the 100m freestyle final Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

James Clegg came last in his 100m freestyle swimming final last night. The swimmer from Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders won bronze in the butterfly event on Sunday - before his elder sister Libby won a silver medal in the athletics 100m sprint on the same evening.

£15,000 worth of sheep stolen from Peebles farm

MORE than £15,000 worth of blackface sheep have been stolen from a farm in the Scottish Borders. Police have warned farmers to be on the look-out after rustlers made off with a flock of 164 sheep sometime over a four week period.

The thefts happened between July 19 and August 20 from the farm near Peebles. It is the latest in a series of thefts of livestock from farms in rural areas such as the Borders. Livestock rustling is believed to cost Scottish farmers more than £250,000 a year.

Figures show the cost of sheep rustling increased by 170% between 2010 and 2011. It is thought 67,000 sheep were stolen in the UK last year, at a cost of £6m. Rural insurers NFU Mutual saw a 166% rise in claims of stolen livestock in Scotland.

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