Last week, R&B distillers announced that Peebles had won top spot in a public ballot to choose the location for a new Borders whisky distillery.
When a distillery opened in the Dumfriesshire end of my constituency, it was great news for the local area. With new jobs and investment for the local town, it’s bringing in tourists and giving the area a real confidence boost.
Last week’s announcement is welcome news for Peebles as well as another sign of confidence in Borders businesses.
The south of Scotland is a great place to live and visit, and to have a new distillery based in Peebles could not only benefit existing Borders businesses, but also bring new visitors into the area.
I’d like to thank everybody locally who took part in the online poll to choose the location – it’s sent a clear signal that the Borders is open for business.
small business support
Last weekend I was delighted to show my support for small enterprises as part of Small Business Saturday.
Small businesses are a vital part of our economy, employing 850,000 people across Scotland, but are even more important in rural areas like the Borders.
I’m eager that the UK Government does all that it can to support small businesses.
I had the great pleasure of welcoming the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to parliament where he delivered a service to mark St Andrew’s Day.
I was particularly pleased to see him full of drive and enthusiasm after his ill health and I know that he is looking to contribute to Scottish life in the remainder of his term.
The Church of Scotland continues to play an extremely important role in Scottish life and civic society during a time of such change that not everybody finds easy. People were divided at the time of the referendum and afterwards, and I believe we all have a responsibility to work together to unite our country and deliver the best outcome we can for Scotland.
At this time of year we should remember – all of us who care about Scotland – not to let disagreements about the constitution or anything else obscure the real and substantial common bonds that unite us.
The Church of Scotland, as well as many other faith groups across the country, play a big part in the lives of many Scots on a day-to-day basis. I will continue to work with the Church of Scotland, faith groups and civic society to tackle the challenges that we face in Scotland, in the UK and around the world.
With local roads closed and rail lines blocked, we’ve had an incredible amount of rainfall across the south of Scotland over the last week.
There are serious issues right across my constituency and my thoughts are with everyone locally who is experiencing or facing the threat of flooding.
Any residents needing help or advice should call 01683 222746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, as always I’m happy to help.