BRITISH WOOL has named its Newtown collection point in central Wales as its 2017 Depot of the Year.

Announced at BW's National Conference and 67th Annual General Meeting held last week, this year's award sought to recognise improvements in productivity and profitability. Newtown has delivered a £200k projected cost saving for the year, alongside a substantial productivity improvement, while depot co-managers Peter Penlington and Barry Bellis were congratulated for their proactive approach to winning new producers.

The depots at Galashiels and South Molton were highly commended in the list of finalists.

BW chief executive Joe Farren commented: “I am delighted by the progress that has been made by all our depots this year, in particular the three finalists who have made substantial improvements and cost savings over the past 12 months.

"Depot of the Year will now become an annual event and is an excellent way for us to recognise the hard work and dedication that goes on across our depot network. My congratulations go to Peter and Barry and all the team at Newtown.”