Knitwear firm Lyle & Scott is building a new factory in Kelso to replace its existing premises in the town.

The 3,875sq ft plant will be operated by Ellaness Manufacturing, the production division of the Lyle and Scott group which has its main factory in Hawick.

The Kelso operation employs 22 people on small garment finishing, and the new factory is seen as a crucial step in helping to safeguard jobs.