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87 jobs lost with closure of Borders textile mill

Robert Noble Mill Credit: ITV Border

A Scottish Borders textile mill is to close with the loss of 87 jobs.

Moorbrook Textiles, the owner of textile brands Replin Fabrics and Robert Noble, has announced that the group’s mill in Peebles is to close.

The company revealed in May that it was seeking a buyer for the mill and had begun a 30-day consultation period with its 87 employees.

Despite some initial interest from potential buyers, no credible offers for the facility have been received and the management team say they have been left with no option but to announce the mill’s closure.

“Over recent weeks we have had discussions with a number of groups interested in purchasing the business but regrettably these have not resulted in any credible offers.

“We are extremely disappointed that, despite significant investment in the mill over the last 10 years, we have been unable to secure a buyer.

“We fully appreciate the impact closure will have on our employees and the local community and our focus in the coming days will be on supporting them at this difficult time.

“In addition, we will continue to work closely with our customers, suppliers and government agencies to do all we can to minimise the impact of closure.

“As part of these discussions we will begin planning for decommissioning of the site itself, as well as consulting with staff on the completion of existing customer orders.”

– Ian Laird, Managing Director of Moorbrook Textiles

A date for final closure of the site is expected to be confirmed shortly.