Border gives one million

Biscuit maker hits major charitable milestone

Border boss John Cunningham
Border boss John Cunningham said business can help support communities.

LANARK-based Border Biscuits has hit a major charity fundraising milestone, raising £1 million for good causes.

The independent biscuit manufacturer has raised the seven-figure sum by donating 10% of the company’s profits to its charity, Border Biscuits Community Support.

Founded in 2010, Border Biscuits Community Support has contributed to over 170 not-for-profit organisations in Scotland, including Archaeology Scotland, Rotary International and New Lanark Trust.

Border Biscuits has also been supporting the community through the Covid-19 pandemic by donating stock. Since the outbreak began, the company has distributed over 150,000 packets of biscuits to NHS hospitals, care homes and foodbanks across the UK.

John Cunningham, chief executive at Border Biscuits, said: “Our company has grown significantly over the last ten years and our donations through Border Biscuits Community Support have grown with it.

“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.”

Sylvia Russell, chairperson of Lanark Community Development Trust, said support from Border Biscuits had contributed to a “wide variety of initiatives” in the local community.