Cash boost for Grimsay mill
A MILL and wool centre on Grimsay is to receive £90,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
Uist Wool was awarded the grant to help it develop into a trading social enterprise. The company spins a range of yarns for knitting and weaving using local fleece.
Uist Wool has already raised more than £1 million in public and private funds to build the mill and centre, acquire and refurbish heritage spinning machinery and train staff.
Uist Wool director Dana Macphee said: ‘This is an exciting time for Uist Wool as we’ve put all the pieces together to finally launch the trading element of the enterprise and move into the wool centre annexe at the mill.’
Joanna Peteranna, account manager at HIE in Benbecula, added: ‘The mill is a welcome boost to the rich textile heritage and economy of the Outer Hebrides.’