Last Friday, Jackson Carlaw MSP, who is the interim leader of the Scottish Conservatives, visited Holland and Sherry Ltd in Peebles alongside Michelle Ballantyne MSP for South Scotland.
In their visit to the Borders business, Mr. Carlaw and Mrs. Ballantyne spoke to staff about Holland and Sherry’s history in Peebles as well and how businesses like theirs have helped provide employment opportunities and training to young people in the area.
The firm focuses on sourcing fabrics and creating designs, which are then used by tailors across the world, including on Saville Row and Jermyn Street.
During their visit, the Scottish Conservative MSPs were given a tour of the premises and spoke to staff about their roles in the firm and their experiences working in Peebles.
Jackson Carlaw MSP highlighted:
“I was pleased to visit Holland and Sherry with Michelle Ballantyne MSP as part of my tour of the Borders.
“Having operated out of Peebles for over 40 years this truly is a business which puts the borders on the map.
“It was great to meet some of the many staff employed by Holland and Sherry and hear about how the textiles industry is continually evolving. All best wishes to them as they launch their future collections”
Michelle Ballantyne MSP added:
“Having visited before, I always feel a strong sense of community when I visit businesses with a local focus like Holland and Sherry.
“Many of the staff here are locals, and have been trained by the firm. This is exactly the kind of thing we should be encouraging for businesses in the Borders and across Scotland.
“We had a good conversation with staff and management about what role politicians can play to encourage businesses.
“The Scottish Conservatives are committed to making Scotland a place where people want to do businesses. Speaking to local businesses like Holland and Sherry gives us an idea of the kinds of challenges that firms are facing and how best politicians can help create employment and growth for Scotland.”