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Edinburgh Woollen Mill move to Carlisle confirmed

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Langholm Credit: ITV Border

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill has confirmed a date is set for its site in Langholm to move to Carlisle.

Scottish Secretary and Dumfriesshire MSP David Mundell made the claim on Twitter.

He called on the retailer to recognise the support the community has provided 'over many years'.

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A spokesperson for the EWM Group said:

The decision to move to Carlisle was not taken lightly or quickly, but EWM Group is expanding and our current premises in Langholm are not capable of supporting a modern, fast-growing, national retail development.

Langholm has played a critical role in our company's history and heritage, and we will be retaining our headquarters building there.

We have ambitions to turn the building into a heritage centre which celebrates the role that both Edinburgh Woollen Mill and textiles has played, and continues to play, in Scotland."

– EWM Group spokesperson

The date of the move will be on or around 30 July 2018.

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Community to take ownership of Dumfries High Street

Midsteeple Quarter Community Society to save High Street Credit: ITV BORDER

People who live and work around Dumfries were today invited to join the Midsteeple Quarter Community Society and change the future of the town centre.

Started by the Stove Network the Midsteeple Quarter focuses on the idea of the community buying back its High Street.

The membership is free and members will have a say in future projects for the town.

"The Midsteeple Quarter Project is a means by which local people can once more create a town centre that brings opportunity and prosperity for everyone in our community. It is a Community Benefit Society that everyone can join - it is like an old fashioned 'building society'; something that we all own and have an equal say in directing."

– Kevin Reid, Creative Producer for the Midsteeple Quarter Project

The Midsteeple Quarter Project aims to take ownership of a group of disused buildings on Dumfries High Street.

They will refurbish them and steward them for the community as affordable enterprise space at street level and rent out good quality flats on the floors above.

Their plans are to start by re-developing the former Bakers Oven premises on Queensberry Square - subject to an Asset Transfer from the Council.

A day to invite the community of Dumfries to help save the High Street Credit: ITV Border

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Cumbrian pubs to benefit from reduced business rates

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Pubs across Cumbria are set to benefit from a £1000 reduction in their business rates.

In Copeland currently only 5p in every pound spent on business rates comes back to the borough.

Publicans say this announcement will help them through difficult times and the money will benefit the local economy.

"Trade has dropped in the last five yearss and it is quite significant I would say.

"There are various things that are to blame for that however, and you just have to deal with it and obviously the £1,000 gift is going to help all of us involved in public houses."

– Pauline Cullen, Landlady
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