Borders embroidery and uniform company expands

A Borders-based uniform and embroidery company is bucking the trend by opening three new stores in Edinburgh, Newcastle and Cumbria.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 4:50 pm
From left: Ross Smillie, commercial manager; David Simmonds, Edinburgh store manager and William Smillie, operations manager at the new shop in Edinburgh.

BE Uniforms, formerly Border Embroideries, based in Greenlaw, has seen huge growth in the past year, doubling its workforce.

The company has also recently invested in new systems and new Barudan embroidery machines.

Ross Smillie, commercial manager, said: “We’re really excited about opening these stores and adding them to our portfolio.

"All three locations have been on our radar for a long time.

“In this past year we have been extremely fortunate in that we have had huge growth as shoppers move online. Our website was able to cope with demand and now as businesses open up again, we are delighted to launch these new stores.”

William Smillie, operations manager, added: ‘We are really looking forward to providing a service to parents and local businesses in these areas.

"We love the fact we can provide a service to all, whether it’s for a one-man band or a company that has 1,000 plus employees. We are extremely flexible and we are really excited about what the future holds.”

Initially well known for its embroidery and school wear, the business recently rebranded from Border Embroideries to BE Uniforms as a testament to their extensive portfolio of uniforms, running alongside their busy embroidery service.

With the addition of these three new stores the company will now boast a total of 10 locations across the UK with their head office remaining in Greenlaw.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​