British Wool Marketing Board

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The British Wool Marketing Board (also known as British Wool) operates the central marketing system for UK fleece wool. A farmer-run organisation, British Wool was established in 1950 with the aim of achieving the best possible net return for producers. It is the only organisation in the world that collects, grades, sells and promotes fleece wool and is the only remaining agricultural commodity board in the UK. Receiving no financial support, although operating commercially, British Wool is a non-profit-making organisation, returning to producers the market price for their wool, less its own costs.

Organisational structure

Under the Wool Marketing Act 1950, British Wool is required to register all producers with four or more sheep with the exception of producers in Shetland, which has its own arrangement. According to British Wool there are 40,000 registered producers.[1]

The board of nine elected producer members, representing nine different areas of the UK, and two Government appointees, meets eight times a year and reports back to nine regionally elected committees.

Day-to-day operations are run from British Wool's headquarters in Bradford, West Yorkshire with smaller offices in Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland.


  1. ^ "British Wool / About Us".

External links

  • British Wool
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