The race is on to set up the first distillery in the Scottish Borders in nearly 180 years.
Plans are in place for a £5million project in Walkerburn.
Mossburn Distillers are talking to the council to open a £40million venture near Jedburgh.
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Labour Education spokesperson Iain Gray said SNP ministers should be ashamed, as Scotland falls down international education rankings.
One of Scotland's foremost education academics has described today's figures on Scotland's standing in the world as "shocking".
Swinney says OECD statistics make for "uncomfortable reading" and pledges to press ahead with reform.