Heriot-Watt University 'a boon for the Borders economy'
Published 23 Oct 2012 09:15 0 Comments
SCOTTISH Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie visited Heriot-Watt University's School of Textiles and Design in Galashiels.
The tour on Monday was organised by South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume - a former Scottish Borders Councillor - to highlight the skills available in the region.
It followed the announcement that the Barrie Knitwear factory in Hawick had been taken over by world famous brand Chanel - saving 176 jobs.
Mr Hume said: "With textiles being a key sector for the Borders, the Heriot-Watt facility in Galashiels is an excellent boon for the town and the wider Borders economy.
"The recent takeover of Barrie Knitwear in Hawick by Chanel has shone a welcome spotlight on textiles and fashion, and students told us of their excitement about the potential opportunities this may bring for them in the future."
This article appeared in Border Telegraph 23 Oct 12
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