After six months of being slightly nomadic, staff of The Southern have finally begun the final phase of the move to our new offices in Selkirk.
Unit 9 at Tweed Mill Business Park, located behind Lochcarron of Scotland, provides us with the open-plan accommodation and state-of-the-art IT facilities The Southern needs to take it through the ever-changing media and advertising landscape of the 21st century.
It is the final part of the comprehensive improvement strategy that began a year ago with the relaunch of The Southern Reporter in a compact format.
That was soon followed by the sale of our former offices at The Hermitage in Selkirk’s High Street, where we had been based since the early 1990s.
It has necessitated patience and support on the part of our advertisers and contributors, for which we are deeply grateful.
Our advertising team has now moved into Tweed Mill, with the remaining editorial staff to follow in the coming weeks.
It now means we have a modern home to complement our modern newspaper design and digital media technology changes.
However, what will never change is our commitment to our readers and advertisers.
For 159 years, the motto signified by the mounted reiver logo of The Southern has been ‘leal to the border’ – and it remains our pledge today.