The UK’s longest established joinery manufacturer Allan Brothers Ltd has minimised job losses at its Berwick-upon-Tweed factory through a series of “creative” measures, according to managing director Duncan Forster.

Some 23 employees have been issued with compulsory redundancy, with more taking voluntary redundancy after finding alternative employment, said Mr Forster.

The company had looked to reduce labour costs by the equivalent of 60 jobs but reduced shift patterns and overtime, as well as identification of services to be brought in-house, have helped to minimise job losses.