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Lochcarron of Scotland investment safeguards Selkirk jobs

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Image caption The company said the machinery would allow it to speed up production

A Borders textile firm has said an investment in new equipment will help it safeguard more than 100 jobs.

Lochcarron of Scotland is purchasing a warp mill which operates four times faster than current machinery.

It will also allow the textiles manufacturer to produce more complicated patterns and work with finer materials at its Selkirk base.

Head of finance Cameron Barr said it hoped the investment could create new jobs in the future.

"Some of the machinery we were using was over 30 years old so investing in new technology is going to speed up production and help us develop our product range," he said.

"Everybody knows us as a tartan manufacturer but we also work with some very high end design houses.

"Our new equipment is able to work with a wider range of quality cashmeres meaning that we can now increase the work we do in the luxury market place."

The investment was supported by a £300,000 funding package from the Clydesdale Bank.

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