SELKIRK social enterprise Borders Scrapstore, in Dunsdale Road, has attracted £10,000 to further its creative recycling work.
The business has been awarded the cash through Santander’s Social Enterprise Development Awards.
The store’s manager, John Cannell, said: “There’s a clear demand for our work – we’ve seen around a 20 per cent increase every year for the last seven years. We’ll now be able to bring our environmentally-friendly creative crafting to even more people.”
The scrapstore reuses materials otherwise bound for landfill and produces low-carbon, locally-sourced art, craft and creative play materials for schools, early years and craft groups.
It will use the money to increase its services and run mini-scrapstore sessions and other events at local community centres.
Santander’s regional director, Graham Silcock, said: “Borders Scrapstore presented a well thought out business plan.
“We’re really pleased to be able to help them realise their goals.”
The scrapstore will also receive mentoring programmes, funding for internships and bespoke training from the bank, and Foundation Scotland will help assess the social impact of the enterprise.