Scottish biscuit maker proves ‘business can play a bigger role in community’ by hitting £1m charity milestone

By Gill Hyslop contact

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Border Biscuits's community support initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Pic: Border Biscuits
Border Biscuits's community support initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Pic: Border Biscuits

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Lanark-based Border Biscuits has reported hitting the £1m mark in charity donations over the past decade.

The independently owned company founded the Border Biscuits Community Support in 2010, which diverts 10% of its profits to not-for-profit organisations across Scotland.

To date, the initiative has contributed to over 170 organisations like Archaeology Scotland, Rotary International and New Lanark Trust. As well as donating funds, Border Biscuits employees regularly volunteer with projects.

Trying to make a difference

“Our company has grown significantly over the last 10 years and our donations through Border Biscuits Community Support have grown with it,”​ said John Cunningham, CEO of Border Biscuits.

“For our scale of business, we know that while we cannot change the world, we can make a real difference in our community.

“It is more than just money, it is about partnering with other organisations and giving practical guidance and time.

“It is a big idea – that a business can play a bigger role in their community.

“We have worked with over 170 organisations and groups delivering projects in sports, arts, leisure and recreation, heritage, events, learning and digital with the aim of helping people who are trying to make a difference.”

Last year, Border Biscuits also donated over 150,000 packets of biscuits to NHS hospitals, care homes and foodbanks across the UK.

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