The Carloway mill has been rescued from closure after a takeover deal.
The Harris Tweed manufacturing facility on the west coast of Lewis is being bought
in a management buyout, saving jobs of 17 staff in the mill plus a similar number
of self-employed weavers.
The plant is smallest of three Harris Tweed mills in Scotland.
The mill’s operations’ manager, Annie Macdonald and outside investor, Anthony Loftus
have joined forces to set up a new corporate entity, The Carloway Mill Ltd.
57-year-old Mr Loftus, who works in the oil and gas industry, will play an active
role in the business, said Ms Macdonald.
Former councillor, Annie Macdonald, said she is “delighted and excited” with securing
Otherwise the woollen mill faced closure this year with the loss of jobs in the plant
plus a similar number of self-employed islanders who weave yarn into tweed at their
homes within the Carloway community.
Ms Macdonald said: “I have a passion for Harris Tweed and I believe this signals
a positive future for the mill.
“Harris Tweed plays an significant role in the culture, history and heritage of the
“The most important outcome is that this retains jobs in this fragile rural economy.”
The new owners have plans to grow their business including capturing the interest
in its recently introduced "premium" blend of softer fabric for the women’s fashion
Test marketing returned a positive response from fashion houses opening up a strand
of potential new customers interested in the lightweight style of Harris Tweed.