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Keeping It Local: Hawick Businesses

Looking for a local business in Hawick?

The population of Hawick has been steadily declining for the last decade or so.

At the start of the 90s, nearly 16,000 people lived in the town and the surrounding areas. Today, however, less than 14,000 people reside here. Don’t think that this means that this isn’t a great place to start a business though. Hawick has a great tradition for supporting small businesses, one that continues to this day and allows the town to remain profitable despite the falling numbers of people living here.

If you’re considering moving here, or are maybe just thinking about visiting for a short stay, there are more than enough amenities to provide for your every need, so you shouldn’t have to traipse off into the Highlands to find what you’re looking for. Hawick is one of the larger towns in the area, you can find everything from dentists to dog walkers here, so there’ll be no need to head out to the bigger cities.

Before you think about searching outside of the town for a business to help you out, take a look at the local men and women who could help you out of your predicament:

Lindsay Grieve Butchers [http://lindsaygrievehaggis.com/]

You might be able to find cheap meat at the big supermarkets, but you’ll be hard pressed to source handmade, locally sourced Haggis that’s as good as Lindsay Grieve’s.

Starting his business in 1988, Lindsay set out to make the best Haggis, using traditional methods and well-tested family recipes. His staff pride themselves on providing excellent service, regardless of where the customer hails from and with nearly forty years of experience, Lindsay’s Champion Haggis has won numerous awards and is exported all around the world.

 

David Brown Electrical [http://www.davidbrownelectrical.co.uk/]

You never know when you might need an electrician! Whether its a simple fuse replacement, a more intensive rewiring or an emergency call out; David Brown Electrical are available 24 hours a day and offer free quotes on all of their work.

With over 40 years of cumulative experience, the electricians at David Brown understand that customers are happiest when they are receiving advice that is both helpful and independent – that’s why local businesses from Hawick and the Border areas rely on them for emergency machine breakdowns.

Problem Solved Services [http://problemsolvedservices.co.uk/]

Every town needs a good handyman, a man that can solve any household issue, who can put up a set of shelves in a heartbeat and charge honest prices for service rendered. Luckily, Hawick has the aptly named Problem Solved Services to aid them in a whole variety of ways.

Everything from fitting blinds, to mowing lawns, painting fences, fitting CCTV systems and even caravan maintenance. Based within Hawick and nearby Langholm, they serve the entirety of the Border area.

OvenU [https://www.ovenu.co.uk/]

There comes a time when all ovens must be cleaned. Its a job that no one looks forward to, after all, years of grease and detritus makes for a pretty heavy cleaning session. Thank goodness then, that there are professionals to handle the job for you at a reasonable rate.

OvenU is a company made up of dozens of dedicated men and women, who pride themselves on thoroughly cleaning out your oven using the best materials, with the smallest of environmental impact.…

Three Ways To Learn About Hawick

Come and Explore the Cultural Heritage of Hawick

Like many of the border towns in Scotland, Hawick has a rich and action-packed history that embraces both its Scottish roots as well as the effects that English rule had over the area.

History books trace back the town’s origin all the way to the 12th Century, when it was recorded that King David I gifted the land that the town lies on to a local Norman family. Over the centuries that passed, the small village developed into a bustling town that dealt a roaring trade in textiles, specifically high-quality knitwear – a tradition that continues to this day.

If you’re looking to take a trip to our lovely town of Hawick, you can’t avoid the history that the place is drenched in. Thankfully, there are a number of cultural attractions that can help you gather some historical context and give you an idea of what life was like back in the early days of the town. The majority of these places are free to visit and offer an unparalleled chance to get to grips with the heritage that the town is famous for.

Borders Textile Towerhouse

Celebrating Hawick’s long-standing tradition of producing high-quality textiles that have been exported all around the world, the Towerhouse was opened in 2009 inside the oldest remaining building in the town. Built somewhere in the mid-16th Century, it was originally intended to be used as a defensive building, however it didn’t remain that way for long. By the turn of the 18th Century, the Towerhouse had been transformed into a grand home, replete with all the luxuries befitting its illustrious residents.

Today the Towerhouse contains hundreds of examples of textiles that bring together centuries of textile creation in Hawick, including work from Scottish artists, contemporary fashion and costume design.

Hawick Museum & Scott Art Gallery

The History of Hawick itself is one full of conflict, underdog stories and surprise victories. Rather than lose all the precious heritage that had been built up over the centuries, the good people of Hawick set up their own Museum collecting their own history in 1856. Everything from the legendary Common Riding, a tradition continued in honour of the group of youths that triumphed over an English raiding part in the early 16th Century, to entire rooms celebrating the tragic history of biking heroes Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop.

The Scott Art Gallery can be found on the 1st floor of the building, collecting paintings by the popular water colour painter. Born in local Selkirk, Tom Scott became a regular visitor to Hawick during his time as an artist, frequenting the Tower Hotel (a century before it would become the Borders Textile Towerhouse).

 

Heritage Hub 

Ironically and typical for the town, the history of Hawick’s Heritage Hub is a story unto itself. Originally designed as a Corn Exchange, the building moved from an agricultural purpose to encompass a more recreational remit towards the start of the 20th Century. An entertainment company, in its infancy, purchased the building in 1910 and repurposed the Exchange into the town’s very first cinema which still runs to this day under the new name of the Heritage Hub.

The current building now serves a dual purpose, continuing to entertain the people of Hawick and also enlighten them on their ancestry. Those interested can fill in a short form and then gain access to the collection of documents to peruse at their leisure. Other than charges for printing and photocopying, the service is absolutely free.…

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‘The problem with life is that it takes a long time to figure it out. About a life time, in fact…’

Anon

Life in Hawick continues, rolling on as it always has and always will.

No matter the troubles and changes in the world, it always feels hard to imagine them sinking down all the way to Hawick. Surely we are insulated by our tranquillity. It exists in a separate world to revolutions, massacres and drone strikes.  Little Hawick will roll on, on into a future as light and dark as the past. That is a cold truth, and a loving one. There has always been the darkness and the light, and those fighting to stop one overwhelming the other.

Those sick of all the light and the happiness they feel so distant from, and want to fight back for darkness, for the darkness they feel so richly. There are times when darkness spreads thickly and fast over some lands and you feel it will never break for the light. When terror and pain runs through the rivers and plains were some poor folk are unlucky enough to live. And they suffer. And they starve. And so many of them die.

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Will the darkness reach Hawick? Because it has dominated some areas of our world. And we are connected to that world.

Only last week I flew from Edinburgh Airport, which is only a 1 and a half hour drive in the car from here. I drove up to Edinburgh and parked at the airport there. I was terrified. I wasn’t driving far, but I haven’t left Hawick in a long time. Amongst this terror I got a text from a friend about the parking situation at Edinburgh Airport and how to save money https://www.airportparkingmarket.co.uk/) there.  I felt scared. I felt terror. So far from the darkness, it still made it into my mind.

Is that the darkness winning? Is that enough? Is fear enough?

What Is Hawick?

Hawick is a beautiful (subjective) town in the council areas of the Scottish Border (objective).

It is so wonderful (subjective) to be surrounded by the historic and interesting (eeeeeeeeeeerm) Roxburghshire.

Up here, up where we are, in the East Southern Uplands of Scotland. We here in Hawick have many boasts about our great place. Like:

  • We are 10 miles South West of Jedburgh
  • We were once visited by a man called Fred
  • Three times we built that bloody house, and it keeps falling down!
  • We sell three different cheeses in the shop
  • Once, and only once, we allowed two people in one toilet
  • but only once!

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