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FIRMS such as Gentex in Stranraer who have altered production to help in the Coronavirus crisis have been praised by the Secretary of State for Scotland. Alister Jack, MP for Dumfries and Galloway, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in providing essential goods and equipment for the NHS and other agencies and assure them their efforts are greatly appreciated. “In the case of Gentex at Stranraer, the company have significantly increased production of their personal protection equipment including air-purifying respirators, which safeguard eyes, the rest of the face and hearing. “Elsewhere, boiler manufacturing and maintenance for NHS sites, protection products and sanitising solutions are amongst the items being produced in our region.” Mr Jack, who overcame a bout of illness suspected to have been caused by Covid-19, added: “Like all south of Scotland MPs, I'm pleased local businesses are taking advantage of the massive additional coronavirus support funding sent to Scotland by the Chancellor. “It is very much a UK-wide response to the pandemic although the Scottish Government, which has devolved responsibility, has chosen to stamp, as is their remit, their own mark on how some funding is targeted. “A number of constituents have expressed disappointment to me at differences that mean support available to certain small businesses a few miles south in Cumbria is not available in Scotland. “SNP Minsters at Holyrood should remember that creating even subtle differences, in sectors such as tourism for example, can within our region's cross-border economy have a negative impact on individual enterprise's survival prospects.”

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