The news that Signature Gifts have commenced liquidation proceedings is a “bitter blow” to the Wigtownshire economy, according to South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth.

The firm, which specialises in personal gifts, was established in 2002 and carries out manufacturing at Bladnoch, employing 26 people locally, and 56 UK wide.

Commenting on the news South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said, “This is a bitter blow to the Wigtownshire economy, but in particular the loyal workforce at Bladnoch and my thoughts are very much with them and their families.

“The decision by the firm’s owners to sell a connected company which removed business from Signature Gifts has clearly made what was an already difficult position for the firm , impossible.

“You hope that a buyer can be found that would continue manufacturing at Bladnoch but we can’t underestimate how challenging that will be.

“This level of potential job losses in a small rural community is significant and it is vital that support is giving ideally to find a way forward for the company, but realistically to support workers finding alternative employment and I have urged the Scottish Government and the local Enterprise Agency to ensure that support is in place urgently”.

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