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Borders textile firm announces expansion plans

A Scottish Borders textile firm has announced plans to expand the business.

Johnston's of Elgin, based in Innerleithen, are expanding their operation by adding another 10 jobs to the current workforce of 15.

The town has been badly affect by job losses in the textile industry over the past few months.

Scotland's oldest continually operated textile mill, Caerlee Mills, closed on 1st April with the loss of 33 jobs.

Johnston's has been working with the economic development team at the Scottish Borders Council and they are now in a position to increase staff numbers.

The company employs 750 people across two sites in Elgin and Hawick.

"There is increasing demand for high value added products , particularly those with hand skills.

"The workforce in Innerleithen, most of them trained in the former Ballantyne mill, are highly skilled and will be a great asset to our business."

– Nick Bannerman, Managing Director, Johnston's in Hawick