Sales growth boosts Borders textile firm
A Borders-based textile firm has boosted its profits by more than a third as a result of strong sales growth.
Golf clothing manufacturer Lyle & Scott recorded pre-tax profits of £8.6m in the year up until March, compared with profits of £6.4m the previous year.
The firm, which is based in Selkirk and has a factory in Hawick, increased sales by 28% during the year to £34m.
Lyle & Scott was founded in Hawick in 1874.
The company's drive to become the knitwear producer of choice for fashion-conscious golfers appeared to have paid off in the UK, where turnover increased by 35% to £24.5m.
The firm, which opened a flagship store in London's Covent Garden in 2005, is owned by Waterlink Investments.
Based in the Midlands, Waterlink controls a group of clothing manufacturing firms, including Clan Douglas cashmere and Hawick Knitwear.