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Scots firms secure kilt contracts
Soldiers in kilts
A Motherwell firm will provide the new kilts for the regiment
Two Scottish companies will benefit from the 1.2m contract to make kilts for the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Glenisla Kilts in Motherwell will make the outfits with the material provided by Robert Noble of Peebles.

The Royal Regiment came into being last year as part of a reorganisation of the British Army. It is made up of five regular and two territorial battalions.

The 3.1m contracts for its sporrans and trews have gone to companies in Birmingham and Leeds.

Glenisla Kilts has won the main contract, worth about 1.2m to supply about 5,000 kilts over four years.

This prestigious contract will give us the opportunity to invest in the business, plus the credibility to compete for further contracts in the UK and abroad
John Culbert
Glenisla Kilts

It will manufacture the kilts using tartan from Robert Noble Ltd.

A further 190,000 contract for other kilts and accessories has been awarded to Argyll Bagpipes and Kilts in West Dunbartonshire.

About 5,000 horse-hair sporrans will be supplied by Birmingham firm Ammo & Co, in a contract worth about 1.4m, although they will be made in Perthshire.

While a final contract of about 1.7m for 5,000 pairs of trews has been awarded to Leeds-based Turner Virr & Co.

Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram said he was pleased with the contracts.

Adam Ingram holding the new tartan
Adam Ingram said he was pleased with the contracts

"This is good news for Scottish manufacturing and the Scottish economy, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, and the MoD," he said.

"We are all winners here.

"For the MoD it's not just about getting the lowest price, it's important to get a product and service that's right."

Glenisla managing director John Culbert said the deal was a major boost.

"We're not a big company, but we fought hard for this contract, and credit is due to every single member of our dedicated staff," he said.

"This prestigious contract will give us the opportunity to invest in the business, plus the credibility to compete for further contracts in the UK and abroad."




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