Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont has expressed his "delight" at the news that Borders Precision Engineering has been saved from administration.
“This is great news for Kelso and all of those who are employed by Borders Precision Engineering. There were serious concerns at the beginning of the year that the company would cease to operate, but this management buyout should guarantee the future of the business for years to come.
“I am delighted that the buyout will result in all of these jobs staying in Kelso, and it is a real show of faith in the skills of the workforce that we have here in the Borders.
“While it is disappointing that some staff have already been laid off over the last few months, I know that those still working for them will be relieved to still be in a job.
"This must have been a worrying time for them and their families and I hope that this will at last give them some financial security.”
“Over the years Borders Precision Engineering has become renowned for its high standards of excellence. I am delighted that they have the chance to continue this good work and I hope that they will continue to operate for many years to come.”
– John Lamont MSP, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Borders MP Michael Moore has held talks with Ofcom to discuss problems with mobile phone coverage.
The Secretary of State for Scotland raised concerns about problems Vodafone customers in Hawick have had in recent weeks, with the service having failed three times.
Mr Moore said: “The problem of poor mobile phone coverage in the Borders has been highlighted in the past couple of weeks as Vodafone customers in Hawick have been left with next to no service – a deeply frustrating situation for individuals and businesses."
“In this digital age, mobile phones are an essential part of life and it is extremely unfair that people in rural areas are not being provided with a decent service or sometimes any service at all."