Isles MP and MSP raise future of tweed mill with HIE

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Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, and MP, Angus MacNeil, have contacted Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scotland’s Enterprise Minister regarding reports that Carloway Mill in Lewis could possibly enter voluntary administration.

Mr Allan commented: “Clearly, the Carloway Mill is important as an employer within its community and as a key part of the wider Harris Tweed industry.

“The reports are of great concern to the workforce at the mill, some of whom have already been in touch with me, and I have raised the future of the Mill with Highlands and Islands Enterprise as well as Scotland’s Enterprise Minister, Fergus Ewing.

“At this stage it is unclear what direction events are likely to take over the coming days.

“But I have asked the Scottish Government and its agencies what can be done to support the workforce at this very difficult time and to identify options for future investment.

“I know that HIE and the Mill will be working closely over the course of this weekend to find a solution.

“It is in the interest of the Harris Tweed industry that we have a diverse production base, particularly at a time when there is no shortage of orders for tweed and when Carloway Mill has a full order book.”

Angus MacNeil commented: “The situation at The Carloway Mill is clearly an issue of concern, all efforts must be made to try and look for a solution to keep the business, which is such an important part of the economy.”