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J Barbour & Sons to shut down Galashiels knitwear unit
Jan '08
Following a significant fall in customer demand for classic knitwear and recent consultations with trade union Unite and the workforce, J Barbour & Sons has confirmed that the factory in Galashiels will close on Thursday 31 January 2008.

This follows an informal consultation earlier this month with Unite and the workforce to share the results of a feasibility study commissioned last year with regard to the factory's future.

On Friday a formal consultation took place with Unite to review the various options available and it was agreed that the only viable option was closure.

The date for closure was brought forward to 31 January 2008 at the request of Unite and the workforce.

Brenda Readman-Bell, Group Finance Director, said “This was a very difficult decision for us to take.

The change in the current trend for knitwear means that the demand for the classic knitwear that our factory produces has dropped dramatically.

We have gone through a full consultation process with both Unite and the workforce in order to reach this decision and all 46 employees will receive enhanced redundancy packages.”

J Barbour & Sons Ltd

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