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The company is on the brink of administration after failing to plug a huge hole in its final salary pension scheme
Some 200 workers at the 140-year-old firm's Barrie knitwear business, which designs and knits cashmere for some of the world's top fashion houses from its base in Hawick in the Borders now face an uncertain future after its shares were suspended.
The firm, which employed 12,000 workers at the height of its success, once owned many of Scotland's best-known and loved labels, including Pringle, Todd and Duncan and Ballantyne.