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£11.3m Glentress Forest cabin plans set to create 60 jobs

An £11.3m investment in new log cabins and cycle trails at Glentress Forest, near Peebles, is expected to generate £1m a year for the Borders economy and create 60 jobs.

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Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam, front left, and Borders MP David Mundell, three places to her right, at the signing of the deal.

£1.1bn city deal expected to help create jobs and homes in Borders

The £1.1bn Edinburgh and south east Scotland city region deal agreed yesterday will give a huge boost to efforts to create more jobs and affordable housing in the Borders, according to council leader Shona Haslam.

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From left: John Fairweather, regional resilience advisor, Karen Macaulay, national emergency preparedness communications and liaison manager (both Scottish Ambulance Service), Mark Ilderton, head of ScotRail Alliance Integrated Control.

Early interventions help unwell customers and cut delays

Delays to trains where a customer has taken ill and needs urgent medical treatment have been cut by 37 per cent due to a new partnership between the ScotRail Alliance and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

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North Sea cod stocks have now been declared sustainable a decade after coming close to collapse.

North Sea cod stocks declared sustainable

North Sea cod can now be bought “with a clear conscience”, according to a fisheries body, as stocks have now been declared sustainable.

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The Easter Langlee landfill site near Galashiels.

Watchdog defends £2.4m Galashiels tip deal write-off

Scottish Borders Council did the right thing by scrapping a deal for a £21m waste transfer plant at Easter Langlee near Galashiels even though that cost the public purse £2.4m, according to Audit Scotland.

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MSP Rachael Hamilton.

Borders MSP vows to use new role to promote tourism

Borders hotelier Rachael Hamilton has been appointed as shadow cabinet secretary for culture and tourism just weeks after being voted in as MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.

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From left, Border Buses supervisor Tony McConnell with operations managers Lee Young and Claire Lark.

End of road for Perryman’s name as bus firm merges Borders subsidiaries

Borders Buses and Perryman’s Buses are merging, leading to the scrapping of the latter brand.

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From left, Border Cookwares Tina Newton, Cloud Nines Louise Stewart, Focal Points James Walker, Swan Shoes June Swan, Nikki Allman of Kelso Border Retreats, Kelso councillor Dean Weatherston and Sue Beck of Hendersyde Holiday Cottages celebrating Visit Kelsos latest success.

Group doing the business at attracting trade to Kelso

A bid by businesses in Kelso to boost trade by joining forces to highlight the town’s attractions is set to go from strength to strength.

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Scottish Borders Council's headquarters in Newtown.

Old guard make way for younger guns as Borders council cuts staff

The average age of Scottish Borders Council’s staff has fallen from 52 to 47 over the past seven years as its workforce has been cut from 5,566 in 2009 to 4,141 last year.

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Lowood Bridge, near Melrose.

Borders bridge to be closed for five days

Lowood Bridge, north of Tweedbank, is to be closed for five days the week after next, although it will be open from late afternoon and overnight.

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Regional list MSP Paul Wheelehouse being shown around Selkirk's RP Adam factory.

Minister given insight into bid by firm to hit £20m annual turnover

Scottish Government business, innovation and energy minister Paul Wheelhouse has praised a Selkirk firm for maintaining its commitment to its community at the same time as overseeing an ongoing boom in business.

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eadhon House owners Pernille and Thomas Wanning with, left, VisitScotland industry relationship manager H�l�ne Sinclair.

Historic Borders guesthouse hailed as star performer

A Borders guesthouse is being hailed as a star performer by tourism chiefs.

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Borders brewery hoping to top magnificent seven haul of trophies

Borders brewery hoping to top magnificent seven haul of trophies

Tweedbank’s Tempest Brewing Company has 16 contenders in the running for prizes at this year’s Scottish Beer Awards.

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Cruise ship calls in at Eyemouth

Cruise ship calls in at Eyemouth

The first cruise ship to visit Eyemouth, the MS Hanseatic, returned to the port this month for its second visit.

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Borders MP John Lamont making his maiden speech in the House of Commons during a debate on June 2017's Queen's Speech.

Longer railway would be just the job, new Borders MP tells Westminster

New Borders MP John Lamont used his maiden speech at Westminster to call for the Borders Railway to join him south of the border.

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Robert and Lesley Mitchell, along with son Stuart, farm at Whitriggs near Denholm.

Denholm farm at forefront of efficiency drive

A Denholm farm will be at the heart of moves to improve livestock performance and reduce costs across the Borders next week.

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NFU Scotland's Presidential team launch the discussion document at the Highland Show. Left to right are Martin Kennedy, Andrew McCornick and Gary Mitchell.

Preparing Scotland’s farmers for change

NFU Scotland has used Scotland’s premier agricultural event to put a vision for Scottish agriculture at the heart of Brexit negotiations.

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£44m package to build affordable houses in the region

£44m package to build affordable houses in the region

Scottish Government business, innovation and energy minister Paul Wheelhouse has announced a £44m investment in affordable housing in the Borders.

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A Borders Railway service at Stow.

Report boosts case for extending Borders Railway into Cumbria

Calls for the Borders Railway to be extended into England via Hawick have been boosted by a new report revealing the positive impact the line is having on employment and tourism.

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Sheep farmers across the UK have taken part in the survey.

Dog attacks on sheep studied

Forty per cent of dog attacks on sheep are carried out by straying or unaccompanied dogs, according to results from the latest National Sheep Association (NSA) survey.

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