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Low carbon industries worth almost £11bn

Low carbon industries in Scotland generated £10.7 billion in turnover and supported 43,500 jobs in 2014, according to news figures.

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Is Freelancing just a disguised Zero Hours Contract?

Is Freelancing just a disguised Zero Hours Contract?

Small businesses are under increasing pressure to find ways to balance the need to hire staff and the need to stay profitable.

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One off grants of �300 are available.

RSABI launch Help for Heating Fund

Scotland’s rural charity, RSABI, have launched their winter campaign, which promotes their 2016 Help for Heating Fund.

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Golden Eagles could be translocated to south Scotland.

Eagle chicks to be relocated

The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project has confirmed that discussions have started on plans to relocate golden eagle chicks in Scotland.

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Keeping our rural communities safe.

Stow farm venue for police training event

Special Constables in the Borders are being trained in rural crime prevention in a continued focus by Police Scotland to reduce crime in rural communities.

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The Borders Distillery site in Commercial Road, Hawick.

It’s a sign of the times for Hawick distillery

The signs are that good progress is being made on creating the first whisky distillery in the Borders for almost 200 years.

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The Cauld, gravel mounds in the river Teviot behind Hawick High School

Hydropower initiative could yield £50k a year for Hawick, claims firm

Hawick’s Cobble Cauld has been identified as an ideal place for a hydropower installation, the town’s community council was told last week.

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Fuel prices fall as big four supermarkets make 3p cuts

Fuel prices fall as big four supermarkets make 3p cuts

Asda has announced it is capping its petrol prices at 110.7p per litre, with diesel at 112.7p from today (Tuesday).

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Ian Niblo, of the High Level bar in Hawick.

Hawick bar boss Ian Niblo calling time on his career

A stalwart of the pub trade in Hawick town centre for over quarter of a century is about to pull his last pint after deciding to call time on his career.

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Finding a parking space is difficult along Hawick High Street.

Disc scheme to be tried out in Hawick and Selkirk in bid to tackle parking problems

A disc-display parking system is to be piloted in Hawick next spring in a bid to stop irresponsible motorists driving trade away from the town centre by taking up spaces in High Street for hours – or even days – on end.

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The old Langlands Mill in Hawick.

Hawick councillors welcome progress made on action plan for town

Progress made so far on an action plan to revive Hawick’s ailing economic fortunes has been welcomed by councillors there.

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MSP Christine Grahame, MP Calum Kerr, transport ministers Humza Yousaf, ScotRail boss Phil Vester, council leader David Parker and MSP Colin Beattie at the Borders Railway's first birthday party in Edinburgh in September.

Calls for extension of Borders Railway to Hawick building up fresh head of steam

Calls for the Borders Railway to be extended to Hawick are building up a fresh head of steam following the line’s first anniversary in September.

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A solar panel and abstraction point at Brockholes Farm, Grantshouse.

Brockholes helping with water quality

Practical ways to prevent water pollution from grazing livestock are being demonstrated to farmers at Grantshouse.

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Slitrig Crescent in Hawick

Potential housing sites in Hawick on market for £2.4m

Hopes are being raised that the future of a derelict industrial site in Hawick can finally be resolved.

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Liz McIntyre, principal at Borders College, cuts the ribbon with MSP Paul Wheelhouse to open its new business centre in Hawick.

New Hawick campus centre will do the business

A Scottish Government minister is appealing to firms in the Borders to seize the opportunities provided by a new college business hub in Hawick.

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Launch of new advice service for farmers

Launch of new advice service for farmers

While Brexit brings its own planning challenges for farming businesses in the Borders and Lothians, more immediate planning issues are also on the agenda for a free farmers’ meeting.

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Mobile phone mast.

Review mast agreements now

Scottish farmers and landowners with a mobile phone mast on their land are achieving deals that pay an average annual rent of £6,029, according to Strutt & Parker’s 2016 Telecommunications Survey.

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The worrying of sheep and other livestock by domestic dogs not only has an obvious financial and emotional impact on farmers when their animals are killed or injured, but also has an effect on the animals themselves, their productivity and welfare.

Livestock worrying campaign launched

A month-long campaign has been launched by Police Scotland to raise awareness among dog owners about the devastating effects of livestock worrying.

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The EU referendum count in the Borders earlier this year.

Support for region sought after Brexit

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to help develop a strategy aimed at securing special status for the region after the UK pulls out of the European Union.

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The Cobbles in Kelso which has been listed in the Good Ale Guide.

Opinion split over plans for cafe culture

Councillors failed to reach a decision on proposals designed to encourage a cafe culture on the region’s high streets this week, instead calling for further consultation on the matter.

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