The British Wool Borders building in Selkirk was officially opened by sheep farmer Cammy Wilson of YouTube’s ‘The Sheep Game’ during an open day for members on Wednesday.

The new £2.3m depot strengthens British Wool’s commitment to sheep farmers in Scotland and Northern England and replaces its previous base in Galashiels which was split across two sites.

Visits from Neil Gray MSP and professor Russel Griggs from South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) which provided £250,000 towards the project were also staged this week.

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Andrew Hogley, CEO of British Wool said: “It is fantastic to see our Selkirk depot up and running and grading fleeces already. It has been a significant investment for us as a business, but one which highlights our commitment to improving British Wool’s operations.

“The new site will improve our efficiencies and future proof our operations in this region, helping us towards our overarching aim of delivering the best possible wool price for our members.

“The facilities here will also allow us to host visits from farmers and to develop a showroom to promote Scottish wool products to buyers – and potential buyers – of British wool.”

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Scottish Government fair work secretary Neil Gray said: “The opening of British Wool’s new premises in Selkirk marks an important milestone for the Borders economy, one that not only safeguards and creates local jobs, but which gives sheep farmers confidence and security in knowing that wool processing will be here in the Borders for years to come.”

Prof Griggs commented “British Wool has been in the Borders for over 70 years, providing vital support to the region’s textile and farming industries. The facility will secure 20 full-time jobs and create at least five new positions. It will also enable British Wool to work towards a lower carbon footprint and embrace NSET and Fair Work principles having already signed up to the Fair Work Agenda. The building has been fitted with solar panels to minimise energy costs.”