Takeover at Scott & Charters

Scott & Charters' Burnfoot mill.
Scott & Charters' Burnfoot mill.

Burnfoot knitwear manufacturer Scott & Charters has been taken over by a high-end London-based clothing company.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, managing director Robert Charters said it was great news for the company which was started by his grandfather 60 years ago.

WRA Group Ltd, which manufactures top-quality shooting, hunting, fishing and leather goods, have a retail store in London’s Mayfair, and this week, Mr Charters confirmed the sale of the business. “This is a very positive move for us,” he said. “The company is conscious of the good reputation we have and is committed to the future of not only the label but also the workforce here in Hawick.

“I understand the concerns of some of the workforce who have, in the past, been subjected to redundancies and asset-stripping following takeovers, but this is a strong company who are committed to Hawick and the 36 staff members.”

Mr Charters, 63, confirmed that he will be staying on for a year before retiring. He added: “We produce high-quality knitwear and our main markets are the UK, Europe and America and this will continue under the ownership of the WRA Group.”

Local councillor, Watson McAteer, said he’s delighted that the future of the company is secure, and added: “‘News that Scott & Charters has been sold will bring some sadness
to those who know and respect the Charters family, but it is encouraging that this highly-successful independent firm has been snapped up by a
company who recognise
the value of the Hawick brand.”