Hawick mill leading by example, says First Minister

First Minister Alex Salmond, seen here at Parliament during FMQs, was in Hawick today fora  series of engagements
First Minister Alex Salmond, seen here at Parliament during FMQs, was in Hawick today fora series of engagements
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FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has today hailed a Hawick mill’s “innovation and quality”.

Speaking during a visit to Barrie Knitwear, Mr Salmond said the firm was an excellent example of a local Scottish company making waves on the global stage, having sealed its 25-year association with Chanel last year with a takeover by the fashion giant.

The First Minister, who is in town for the second of this year’s Scottish Government summer cabinets, commented: “There is no better example of the innovation and quality in the industry than Barrie Knitwear, which was bought by fashion giants Chanel last year in a deal that is a significant validation of the hard work of the employees here and will ensure that Scottish knitwear remains at the heart of high fashion in Europe and elsewhere.”

Mr Salmond also highlighted that tomorrow (Wednesday) would see Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney MSP, host a meeting with the Borders textile industry to discuss how the Scottish Government and its agencies can help its export growth in expanding markets such as the Far East as well as examining other opportunities including textile tourism.

“I am delighted to confirm that the Cabinet Secretary for Finance will lead a ministerial round-table tomorrow with representatives of the industry, commerce, education and the local council to discuss how the Scottish Government and its agencies can do more to help the sector make the most of the estimated £81billion global market,” added the First Minister.