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£3.6 million start-up support for Hawick

Paul Wheelhouse

Paul Wheelhouse: (Photo by Terry Murden)

A business incubator centre has opened in Hawick to help the growth of fledgling Borders businesses.

A £3.6 million government funding package will help develop four industrial units at the edge of the town, upgrade existing business facilities in Hawick’s Tower Mill, and fund a feasibility study for the regeneration of two redundant mill buildings.

The Scottish Government is working with Scottish Borders Council, local businesses and community groups to further develop the local economy, building on the Hawick Action Plan. 

The support is part of a £10m local economic development capital grant fund, which is also supporting businesses in North Ayrshire, Clackmannanshire and Fife.

Minister for Business Paul Wheelhouse said: “Supporting economic growth in the South of Scotland is a priority for this government, creating and protecting jobs and enabling local businesses to flourish.  

“The business incubator in the former Armstrong’s building will give new and rapidly-developing companies the opportunity to come together and grow. The new and upgraded business infrastructure in and around Hawick will encourage entrepreneurs, generate start-ups and ensure that the region can meet all the business needs that expanding companies may have.

“This will boost the economy in the South of Scotland, creating up to 55 jobs, and will let local businesses build upon the reputation for innovation and hard work for which they are renowned.”

Councillor Mark Rowley, SBC’s Executive Member for Business and Economic Development, said: “These projects will not only provide new job opportunities in Hawick but will hopefully act as a catalyst for further property redevelopment and inward investment in the town in the future.

“Redeveloping the former Armstrong’s building will deliver new, small office units suitable for start-up firms and existing businesses in the town centre and will also bring life back to a building which has been empty and derelict for many years.”

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