Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie was the first ‘big gun’ to visit the Borders in the run-up to the May 5 polls when she toured businesses on Friday.
Here to support John Lamont, who is seeking another term as an MSP in the extended new seat of Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Miss Goldie met first Hilary Buchan, a director of tartan specialist Lochcarron of Scotland, and was given a brief tour of the mill.
The duo then called in to Selkirk butcher J. C. Douglas before rounding off their tour with a visit to the Borders Brewery.
“Annabel was keen to learn at first hand the challenges faced by local companies who are benefiting from the small business rates exemptions that we forced the Scottish Government to implement two years ago,” said Mr Lamont.
“There is no doubt that further encouragement is needed for private sector firms, helping them to recruit.
“The Scottish Government can help by ensuring there is sufficient investment in our colleges and higher education to ensure the skills are there when the recovery takes place and that is a clear commitment of the Conservatives.”