New faces on board as Spark hits record turnover of £159m

Fast-expanding Borders firm Spark Energy has reported a record turnover of £159m for last year, up almost a quarter on the year before.

Provost Watson McAteer cuts the ribbon of the new Hawick cafe along with Donovan Parr and Louise Hodgson of Caterleisure.

It’s time for tea in Hawick as new cafe and bridge are opened

Continual setbacks meant its opening was almost 10 months late, but the new £300,000 cafe at Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park finally opened its doors today.

Stock image. John Devlin Johnston Press

Countdown on to use Scottish paper notes

There’s now less than a month to use your paper £5 and £10 notes.

Knowesouth Steading on the A968.

Road closure scheduled near Knowesouth

Major resurfacing works are scheduled for the A698 Cleikimin to Denholm road at Knowesouth next month.

The Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Selkirk.

Vote with your feet, bank customers told

Community councillors in Selkirk and Hawick this week slammed the Royal Bank of Scotland over its forthcoming branch closures in the two towns.

Teviotdale Leisure Centre in Hawick.

Teviotdale flume back in action

The flume at the swimming pool at Hawick’s Teviotdale Leisure Centre is to reopen tomorrow, weeks ahead of schedule.

Barry Spence at Spence's Music Shop in Buccleuch Street in Hawick.

Tributes paid to Hawick’s Mr Music after death at age of 66

Tributes have been paid to a shopkeeper known as Mr Music in Hawick after his death over Christmas at the age of 66.

The Royal Bank of Scotland in Hawick.

Council to challenge bank over closures

Scottish Borders Council is urging bosses at the Royal Bank of Scotland to reconsider its decision to close six of the region’s nine branches.

NEC see significant technological advantages.

Johnston Press digital awarded funding from Google innovation initiative

Johnston Press - the owner of this title - has announced that it has won two separate grants from the Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund, which is backed by Google.

Local papers tie up BBC link for democracy reporters

Local papers tie up BBC link for democracy reporters

This newspaper is to benefit from a link-up with the BBC which will see dozens of local democracy reporters employed across the UK.

How new units being built at Galalaw Business Park in Hawick will look.

Work about to start on Hawick industrial units

Work will start next week on building four new industrial units at Hawick’s Galalaw Business Park.

Farmers Alistair, Ross and Jen McAulay at Wauchope Farm.

Borders farmers fearful lynx would kill their sheep

Two Borders sheep farmers have warned of catastrophic consequences if plans to release wild Eurasian lynx in Kielder Forest go ahead.

Huge losses for the company

Borders knitwear company announces £4.9m loss

A knitwear firm founded in Hawick over 200 years ago has announced a loss of £4.9m for the year up to the end of January.

Kristofor Mooney at the Bourtree in Hawick.

Hawick pub’s toilets setting the bar high, say award judges

A Hawick pub has proved its lavatories are a far cry from bog standard by claiming the highest accolade available at the 2017 Loo of the Year Awards.

From left, MSP Rachael Hamilton, MP David Mundell, MSP Michelle Ballantyne, MP John Lamont and council leader Shona Haslam in Peebles.

Chancellor urged to include cash for Borders growth deal in budget

Borders MPs and MSPs are urging UK Government Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to include progress on the Borderlands growth deal promised earlier this year in his autumn budget next week.

from left, Eildon Housing Association human resources manager Deborah Taggart, Borders College care and access faculty head Jayne Gracie, Waverley Housing chief executive Margaret Ross, MSP Paul Wheelhouse, SB Cares operations director Lynne Crombie and Waverley Housing finance manager Reuben Basak.

Minister shows support for fair pay campaign

Borders employers rounded off Living Wage Week with a visit from Scottish Government business, innovation and energy minister Paul Wheelhouse last Friday.

St Margaret's Care Centre at Hawick.

Sixth member of staff suspended as Hawick care home probe continues

An investigation into what are said to be serious allegations at a Hawick care home has led to another member of staff being suspended.

John Lamont MP, Rachael Hamilton MSP, Beatrice Morrice, head of public affairs at the Scotch Whisky Association and John Fordyce, founder and director of The Three Stills Company Limited

Freeze on spirit duty in autumn budget

During a tour of the Borders Distillery in Hawick local Conservative politicians called on the chancellor to freeze duty on spirits in the autumn budget on November 22.

Lovat Mill in Hawick.

Two new jobs up for grabs at Hawick mill

Hawick’s Lovat Mill is advertising for two new posts, taking its staff numbers up to 23.

The taxi rank at Channel St, Galashiels

Borderers are asked to give their views on future taxi fares

Borderers are being urged to have their say on taxi fares as part of a public consultation on the issue.

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