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Selkirk telecoms firm sets jobs target

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Image caption Ten Tel hopes to sign up 20,000 customers in its first year

A newly-formed telecoms firm in the Borders is aiming to have a workforce of 50 by the end of the year.

TenTel, which is based at Ettrick Riverside in Selkirk, is due to start trading on Monday and already has 18 employees.

Managing director Robert McKechnie said that if everything went to plan then that number could almost treble.

The company offers same-day telephone and broadband services without holding customers to long-term contracts.

It hopes to target customers in rented accommodation and aims to work in partnership with landlords and letting agents, offering them a commission.

Mr McKechnie aims to sign up 20,000 customers in Ten Tel's first year, generating a turnover of around £9m.

The company has been founded by PJ Darling, who also created Spark Energy, which also has its headquarters in Selkirk and currently employs 200 people with expansion plans in the pipeline.

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