Selkirk leather works jobs boost

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NINETEEN full-time jobs are set to be created in Selkirk, TheSouthern can reveal, writes Kenny Paterson.

New business Alexander Leather Company is preparing to takeover a unit at Shepherd’s Mill on Whinfield Road, owned by Scottish Borders Council.

It is believed the lease will be signed shortly, with the factory operational in the near future.

And there are hopes that once the leather works firm is up and running, more employment will be created.

Selkirkshire councillor Gordon Edgar welcomed the news of manufacturing jobs being brought to Selkirk rather than being lost, as has become the norm for the Royal Burgh town.

He told us: “I am really pleased. Any jobs coming into this area has to be applauded.

“To get manufacturing started up again you need new jobs and this will also be a boost for the local economy.

“Hopefully, the people of Selkirk will participate and many of the jobs will stay in the town.”

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont added: “This is fantastic news for Selkirk and I am delighted that 19 new jobs will be created in the area.

“With many people in the Borders finding it difficult to find employment, this will be a welcome boost to our local economy.

“New start-up companies like Alexander Leather will be vital if we are to see the Borders economy continue to grow and prosper.

“I now hope that their decision to set up in Selkirk will help to encourage other new companies to consider investing in our region and create further jobs.”

And South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume told us: “The valuable investment being brought to the area by Alexander Leather Company will provide a welcome jobs boost at a time when many people continue to struggle to find employment.

“I have no doubt that the 19 initial positions – with the prospect of more to come – will be filled quickly by the skilled local workforce.

“I look forward to engaging with the company in future.”

The announcement is also a timely boost following the fire which destroyed Selkirk’s Bridgehaugh Dyeworks last year, resulting in the loss of 23 jobs.

Attempts to contact the Denholm-based owner of Alexander Leather Company by TheSouthern were unsuccessful.