BORDERS MP John Lamont says news of possible job losses at a Jedburgh factory is “devastating” for the local economy.

Coat hanger manufacturer Mainetti announced today (June 1) that up to 96 workers are at risk of redundancy.

Mr Lamont said: “These job losses in Jedburgh are yet more devastating news for the Borders economy.”

Mainetti, which is moving operations to Wales, says it intends to sell its Oxnam Road factory to Borders firm Emtelle.

Mr Lamont – the Conservative representative for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk – said the economic impact of coronavirus is likely to be “significant”.

Reflecting on the Mainetti announcement, he added: “This will be extremely difficult news for the workers and their families particularly at a time when there is so much uncertainty.

“It is important that the PACE redundancy support is put in place by Scottish Borders Council and the Scottish Government as quickly as possible to give everyone affected all the help they need.

“I am also happy to assist any employees affected by this news.

“Jedburgh urgently needs a stimulus package to boost economic growth in the area to allow it to recover from these significant job losses

“I will be contacting the Scottish Government, the local council and the South of Scotland Economic Partnership to discuss how we can help the town and the wider Borders economy to recover after the impact of the coronavirus.”

Meanwhile, MSP Rachael Hamilton, also of the Conservatives, said she was very upset to learn about the threat to jobs in Jedburgh.

The Holyrood member for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire said: “I am devastated to hear of more damaging job cuts.

“The financial impact will hit hard in a fragile rural area like the Borders.

“The Scottish Government must plan now for an economic recovery and try to mitigate further job losses and ensure the people of the Borders can find alternative work opportunities.

“I am here to help as best I can, please do get in contact if you, a family member or a relative is affected.”

Jedburgh councillor Scott Hamilton said: “The people and businesses of Jedburgh are resilient but it is clear that we are not going to be immune to the impact of coronavirus on our economy.

“Mainetti has provided good jobs for the people in this area so it will be a real shame to see their manufacturing plant shut.

“Jedburgh will no doubt recover, but it is important that we get the help we need to be able to attract investment in our town to help economic growth in the future.”