Jenny Longden went to see the finale of Kelso Civic Week, and the riding-out to Yetholm:
Hundreds watched as riders passed from Kelso to Yetholm today, at the culmination of Kelso Civic Week.Read the full story ›
Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the end of Kelso's Civic Week.
The week traditionally culminates in the Common Riding, with the main ride out between Kelso and Yetholm taking place today.
It might be small, but the owners of Rutherfords, in Kelso, say it's going to be "so much more than a pub". It opens in Kelso this evening.Read the full story ›
The provisional liquidators at a Kelso company that has had to make its 80-strong workforce redundant, say hope for the firm stems from the talent of its workers.
Business Advisory firm Alix Partners have been brought in as potential liquidators at Borders Precision.
Partner Robin Knight told ITV Border that liquidation proceedings have not begun.
We do think this is a good underlying business with potential.
The real quality lies in the strength, skill and ability of the workforce.
They make an excellent product that leads major international names to trade with Border Precision.
We would like to hear from anybody who thinks they could assist in finding a solution that would allow company to continue to trade."
Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP Calum Kerr says he's hopeful "something could be rescued" at a Kelso firm that has laid off 80 workers.
He met Borders Precision Engineering's provisional liquidators with South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse, to discuss the future of the company, and its staff.
Last Tuesday the company announced 80 members of staff were to be made redundant at short notice, with a week's pay.
Following talks with the provisional liquidators, Kerr says they told him there has been some interest regarding a potential takeover of the firm.
What we heard today from the provisional liquidators at Alix Partners is heartening.
I wouldn’t want to raise false hopes, but there does seem to be a possibility that something could be rescued and Paul and I now plan to pursue that as hard as we can.
We're grateful to Alix Partners, who are clearly doing everything they can to resurrect the plant and operations as a going concern. However, they have to act in the best interests of the creditors and can't keep the offer of a sale on the table forever.
I'd urge anyone who thinks they may be interested in taking over the business to get in touch without delay. There's clearly a limited window in which investment can be achieved, but this is a great opportunity for someone out there."
A number of the employees have been asked back to help fulfil contracts with important customers, while attempts to find a buyer take place:
This clearly is a hugely worrying time for the workforce and their families, a number of whom have been in contact, and Calum and I are keen to do everything we can to help.
While we have to be cautious, the provisional liquidator gave us some positive messages today and are taking a very constructive approach and we're greatly encouraged by that.
Border Precision has been a business with a great reputation, an excellent workforce and engineering skills that are second to none.
The fact that some of the employees have been taken back to fulfil existing contracts can only be a good sign. Let's hope it signals that the excellent workforce at Border Precision may yet have a future."
Borders Precision Engineering specialises in the production of high quality components for industries including the aerospace and military sectors.
Workers who lost their jobs when a Kelso engineering company went into liquidation are being offered redundancy support.
A session with Skills Development Scotland is taking place today, 7 July, in Tait Hall, Kelso, from 1pm to 4pm.
Eighty staff from Border Precision Engineering were made redundant last week.
A father of three from Kelso jumped into a burning van to drive it away from his home in a bid to save his family and neighbours from a potential explosion.
Jenny Longden reports:
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have warned that people should call them rather than attempt to tackle flames themselves.Read the full story ›
A man jumped into a burning van to drive it away in a bid to save his neighbours and family from a potential explosion.Read the full story ›