The behemoths of the wool industry, who collect, sort and sell over 80% of UK wool. We visited them in Newtown at their second biggest depot to see the process and chat to Andrew Hogley, CEO of British Wool.
On an unseasonably rainy May morning, Sally, Andy and I packed up the car and headed some fifty miles north of the farm to visit British Wool in Newtown. Most of the depots hold an open day at least once a year, and if you ever get the opportunity, it’s well worth a visit for any fibre lover.
Whilst we don’t buy the wool for any of our yarns through British Wool, we’ve worked with them for years in sourcing wool for commission production and consultation clients, and they’re definitely the “big players” in wool sales in Britain.
The first thing that always strikes me about any visit to these sorts of places is quite simply the scale of them. Handling between 4 and 5 million kilograms of wool every year, the Newtown depot is the second biggest in the British Wool network.