The Border Fine Arts factory in Langholm is to close with the loss of 43 jobs. Another nine will go at their shop in the town’s High Street.
Owners Enesco Ltd blamed falling consumer demand for their famous figurines. A spokesman said: “It is with deep sadness that we have opened consultations to consider the proposal to cease all operations at our Langholm sites.”
The announcement that the business, established in 1987, will fold, is the latest blow to a town that has seen an estimated 200 jobs lost in the past five years. Scottish Minister for Business, Paul Wheelhouse, said the government is looking to support workers affected. He added: “I am very disappointed to learn that Border Fine Arts has entered a period of consultation with a view to ceasing operations at their Langholm sites.
“Clearly, I am concerned at the impact this will have on the employees affected, their families and the local area, given that any loss of employment in a smaller, rural economy can be felt particularly acutely.
“I can confirm that Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE), the Scottish Government’s initiative for responding to redundancy situations, has contacted the company to offer support for those employees affected.
“I have asked to be kept closely informed of the work undertaken by the PACE team and its response, given this most unwelcome news for the Langholm community.”