Peter Scott pay-offs: MSP seeks meeting with chiefs

Peter Scott's Buccleuch Street factory.
Peter Scott's Buccleuch Street factory.

Hawick’s Tory MSP John Lamont is seeking a meeting with bosses at Peter Scott in a bid to support workers and prevent further job cuts.

Last week, the Buccleuch Street firm announced it was shedding a third of its workforce and would be looking for voluntary redundancies.

Mr Lamont told the Hawick News: “I have requested a meeting with the management at Peter Scott to see what can be done to support employees and avoid further job losses. This news is extremely disappointing and very sad for the staff and their families, who face the prospect of losing their jobs so suddenly.

“It is also a big blow for the town after a fairly settled and positive period for the Borders mills following the recession. Our local industry is struggling with international competition and challenging trading conditions but there is always a market for high-quality Borders knitwear. I hope the remaining mills in the town will be able to take on these highly skilled staff.”

In a statement issued last week, Peter Scott management said: “Peter Scott has announced a restructuring programme, proposing a reduction in jobs at their Hawick headquarters. Despite best efforts to grow the business, lower than expected turnover and tough trading conditions dictated a review of the business strategy and structure which may result in job losses.”