A female entrepreneur has been awarded £25,000 to to boost a social business in the
The latest round of funding from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund will help a textile
enterprise support community regeneration.
The funding will provide Dana MacPhee of Uist Wool with a year’s salary as she focuses
on making the project a sustainable trading enterprise.
The Uist Wool mill spins local and other fleece into desirable, unusual yarns to
supply weavers, craftspeople, and visitors alike.
Their aim is to revitalise this traditional island industry through creating employment,
training and workspace using a local asset - wool.
Uist Wool has recently constructed the a wool centre where skills, ideas, design
and inspiration are shared by young and old, novices and experts, islanders and visitors
alike, through training programmes, workshops and education.
Over the next 12 months, the mill hopes to move the company into a successful trading
position through active marketing and retail positioning in the UK and overseas.
The awards were delivered by Firstport, Scotland’s start-up social enterprise development
agency, to help the business generate profits to re-invest in the mill.