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E Scarth & Sons to close

E Scarth & Sons, one of the oldest building firms in Tynedale, is set to close with the loss of 12 jobs in and around the Haltwhistle area. This is a company which has been around since 1973 and became a prominent part of the Haltwhistle economy offering jobs to many people over the years. The closure of the business seems to have been prompted by a failure to win a number of recent public sector housing maintenance contracts which came up for grabs.

While the building side of the operation will cease to trade from 8 April the property division which focuses upon house letting will continue to operate as normal. These are tough times for one of Haltwhistle’s long-standing building companies although the decision to cease trading was not taken without deep consideration by the family.

The company was for many years the centre of the Haltwhistle’s apprenticeship scheme but there are fears that school leavers may well have to look further afield and potentially leave the area to find the same opportunities in the future.

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