Twelve paid off as firm shuts Hawick factory

RoxburghE Windows Home Improvements Ltd has ceased manufacturing in Hawick with the loss of 12 jobs.

However, the firm has revealed it will continue to supply customers through a sister company – Roxburghe Home Solutions Ltd – and bosses haven’t ruled out the possibility of re-employing some workers in the future.

In a joint statemement issued by directors Grant Blacklock and John Parkes following the announcement of the factory’s closure on Friday, they said: “Due to the unprecedented downturn in the UK economy and the significant increase in raw material costs we have had no alternative but to close our manufacturing operation in the Borders.

“We are, however, continuing to supply all our loyal customers from our other group company by outsourcing windows, doors and conservatories to the same high standard as we previously manufactured.

“This will give us continuity of product and we will hopefully be able to eventually re-employ our first-class workforce in other areas.”

Based in Burnfoot Industrial Estate, the company started up as Roxburghe Windows and Doors in 1988, before it was placed into liquidation in 2001 – when the privately-owned Roxburghe Home Improvements Ltd was established.

Mr Blacklock added: “As far as re-employing workers is concerned, we would hope to employ them in vacancies which may occur outwith our manufacturing operation.”