Cunning hails failed mill’s assets sale

Barrie Cunning Labour candidate
Barrie Cunning Labour candidate

Barrie Curring, Scottish Labour candidate for Ettrick Roxburgh and Berwickshire, has welcomed news of the sale of administration-hit Hawick Knitwear’s assets to Lyber 2016 Ltd, but he is warning that more must be done to support Borders businesses.

He said: “Hawick Knitwear is a great brand that is recognised globally and something that all Borderers can be proud of and I’m sure today’s announcement will come as a sigh of relief for the people of Hawick and it will be good to see Lyber 2016 start their business.”

“This is the first time I have been able to freely comment on Hawick Knitwear to the press due to the sensitivities of the discussions but during the negotiation period I was in constant communication with the Scottish Government, the former managing director of Hawick Knitwear [Benny Hartop], as well as the administrators at KPMG.”

“I have often said that, politics aside, when political parties can work together they should and I think everyone, whether it be Labour, SNP, Conservative or the Liberal Democrats, will welcome today’s announcement but more must be down to support businesses in the Borders.

“I also welcome MSP John Lamont’s strongly-argued case for a regional enterprise zone for Hawick but I want to go one step further and create a regional investment bank for the Scottish Borders that partners up with the North East of England and our North West counterparts.

“The aim would be to support business in the Scottish Borders but also partner up with our North East and North West neighbours which would allow us all to benefit from it.