Hawick textile jobs at risk

There is concern for around 200 jobs in the Borders after news that a cashmere firm has gone into administration.

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Pension Protection Fund responds to Dawson International criticism

The pension regulator has defended its decision over Dawson International, which has gone into administration leaving 200 jobs at risk in the Scottish Borders.

Barrie knitwear in Hawick produces cashmere clothing.

Its parent company, Dawson International, strongly criticised the Pension Protection Fund for rejecting proposals to resolve the company's £129m pension deficit.

Chairman David Bolton said there had been "a flawed process, lacking in common sense and transparency".

The Pension Protection Fund said in a statement:

“On rare occasions, we will - alongside the Pensions Regulator - consider transactions which allow a company to continue to operate with the pension scheme being taken on by the PPF.

We do not enter such arrangements lightly and only agree them if a number of stringent tests are met.

Unfortunately, in this case the offers made to take on the pension scheme, given the size of the deficit in the scheme, were inadequate.

We will be working with the administrators to make sure that the interests of the Dawson pension scheme members are best represented.”

– Martin Clarke, PPF Executive Director for Financial Risk

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