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Peter Scott knitwear mill in Hawick, Roxburghshire, which is on the road to recovery after being placed in administration three years ago Credit: Borders Press Agency

A Hawick knitwear mill is investing in new staff and machinery just three years after going into administration.

Peter Scott's lost all but 20 of its 140 strong workforce when the company was bought over by Gloverall Plc in July 2010.

Bosses say they they've been building up the work force over the last few years and now have 100 members of staff at the Buccleuch Road Mill.

They plan to take on 10 more employees this year and they've earmarked £250,000 for new machinery.

Peter Scott's operations manager Alistair Young said:

"We have seen considerable growth in Peter Scott in comparison to 2011, due to a strong increase in sales from our spring/summer business and a quick turnaround in delivery time."

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont said:

"This is great news for Peter Scott and the wider textiles industry in Hawick. This investment shows that the management have confidence for the future and in the abilities of the local workforce."