Support continues to grow for extension of Borders Railway into England

Support is continuing to grow for an extension to the Borders Railway at both ends of the longer line now being mooted.

From left: Carlo Corace, sales manager for Delitalia Scotland; Martino Mainiero, managing director of Delitalia UK; Paolo Crolla, owner of Paolo's Italian; Roberto Rotatori of the Santa Barbara vineyard; and Joe Hurd, celebrity chef.

Celebrity chef Joe helps Paolo with wine choice

Fresh from being named the UK’s top pizza chef last year, Galashiels restaurateur Paolo Crolla is trying to ensure his customers have the best wines to accompany his food.

Recieving their awards on stage at the Made in Scotland Awards.

Hawick firm is simply the best

A long-established Hawick company emerged in triumph this week after being named Scotland’s Manufacturer of the Year.

Council candidates, from left, Simon Ritchie, Shona Haslam, Stuart Bell and Robin Tatler with the petition.

Innerleithen post office petition gathers support

Renewed calls have been made for an improved post office service in Innerleithen after news of a potential takeover falling flat was announced last week.

Hans Waltl

Gala hydro electric bid is scrapped

Plans to generate electricity on the historic mill lade in Galashiels have been abandoned.

The team at Astra Site Services based in Selkirk.

Selkirk company gets on track with cutting edge rail cropper

A Borders company which develops and supplies plant excavator attachments has created a ground-breaking machine to crack Britain’s toughest rail lines.

2016 Vibes award winner Marlin Industries Scotland's Simon Graham, left, and John Droog with their trophy.

Hawick firms offer tips on how to be prize guys

Two Hawick-based companies hailed as green business champions will be passing on tips on good practice to firms across the Borders next week.

Lovat Mill managing director Stephen Rendle, the duke, the Duke of Buccleuch and Sir Malcolm Macgregor of Macgregor.

Hawick firm’s rescue mission given right royal seal of approval

Hawick’s Lovat Mill has bounced back from the brink of closure almost two decades ago to re-establish itself as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tweed clothing – and that rescue mission was given a right royal seal of approval this week.

The car park at Ettrick Riverside, Selkirk.

Green light for new car park at Ettrick Riverside

Long-running parking problems around Ettrick Mill in Selkirk could soon be resolved as permission was granted for 40 new car parking spaces this week.

Bill Scott of Scott Crescent, Selkirk complained of potholes in his road.

Anger over road left to go to pot

Anger over the state of a Selkirk road has been voiced by a resident claiming to have counted almost 60 potholes in just 500 yards.

Traffic jams in Selkirk's town centre.

Traders hit out at traffic delays

Traders have hit out at traffic hold-ups hitting Selkirk town centre due to work being carried out on a hotel there.

Caldwell's Ice Cream, Innerleithen.

Bid to take on Innerleithen post office falls flat

Unrealistic demands are being blamed for the collapse of a planned post office takeover in Innerleithen.

L-r, Jim Shanks of Standhill Farm with Chef Andrew Fairlie visiting Standhill Farm near Hawick this morning. Andrew was taken on a tour around the large greenhouse which grows tomatoes for Scotty Brand food products.

Jim’s tomatoes hailed as simply the best by Michelin-starred chef

The first crop at a pioneering tomato production site near Hawick was unveiled at its official launch this week.

Of the 112 species recorded, 22 were Red Listed - the highest conservation priority species - including the Skylark.

Big Farmland Bird Count a great success

The 2017 Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) has provided some fascinating results once again with farmers, gamekeepers and land managers taking part to see how their conservation efforts are paying off.

A Borders Railway service arriving at Stow.

Moves to extend Borders Railway building up head of steam as study starts

Moves to have the Borders Railway extended south into England are building up a head of steam now that the Scottish Government has announced a study of transport links in the region.

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Simon Lynch and Edward and Sarah Maitland-Carew at Thirlestane Castle.

£150,000 boost for Borders castle’s bid to tempt more tourists to visit

Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder, has been given a £150,000 grant by the European Union’s Leader rural funding initiative, the biggest ever handed out in the Borders, to help it boost its appeal as a tourist attraction.

Easter commuters face travel delays

Lengthy delays predicted for Easter travellers

Drivers have been warned to expect “significant delays” over Easter with more than 20 million cars expected on the roads between Maundy Thursday and Easter Monday.

The site of Hawick's forthcoming Aldi store, in Commercial Road.

Work about to begin on Hawick’s £5m new Aldi store

Work is just about to start on the building of a new £5m supermarket in Hawick.

The old Bank of Scotland branch in Melrose.

MP hits out at plans to close four more Borders banks

Borders MP David Mundell has added his voice to criticism of the Bank of Scotland’s plans to close four more of its branches in the region.

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