Cash boost for Grim­say mill

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.’

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