The latest broadband developments have enabled many people to work successfully on a global scale from a base in the Scottish Borders.
From niche fashion designers through to marketing and internet consultancies, this area is rich in possibilities for creative industries.
Creative Clusters Project Case Studies
Maplehurst Boutique Guest House is a bed and breakfast based in Galashiels. Its unique selling point is its period arts and crafts architecture and interiors. Featuring three luxury guest bedrooms it is open throughout the year and attracts a mixed customer profile including wedding guests, tourists, corporate clients and performers.
The Border Mill is a small-scale alpaca fibreprocessing mill operating from Coldstream. It is run by husband and wife team Juliet and John Miller and was started 12 months ago when the couple, who have a herd of 21 alpacas, spotted a gap in the market for processing small quantities of alpaca fleece. Juliet and John eventually hope to sell products made from the alpaca yarn online.
Nine independent bookshops across the Scottish Borders: Hoolet’s, Peebles; Masons of Melrose; The Mainstreet Trading Company, St Boswells; The Book Room, Melrose; Last Century Books, Innerleithen; The Border Reader Bookshop, Old Melrose; Founditatlast, nr Kelso; The Cobby Shop, nr Kelso and Latimer Books, Kelso.
The Borders Vintage Automobile Club is a membership organisation established in 1972. The Club has steadily increased its membership and profile via a series of successful two-day annual rallies – branded the Scottish Borders Historic Motoring Extravaganza. In recent years the Club has embraced the commercial opportunity presented by the rallies by focusing efforts on increasing the popularity of the event and harnessing its potential to generate economic benefit for the Borders area.