The British Wool Marketing Board

We are a farmer run organisation originally established in 1950 to operate a central marketing system for UK fleece wool, with the aim of achieving the best possible return for producers.

The British Wool Marketing Board is a farmers' organisation working on behalf of around 45,000 registered wool producers. We are the only organisation in the world that collects, grades, sells and promotes fleece wool and the only remaining agricultural commodity board in the UK.

We run our day-to-day operations from the Board's headquarters in Bradford, with small regional offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Receiving no financial support, although operating commercially, the BWMB is a non- profit making organisation, returning to producers the market price for their wool, less its own costs.

Its objectives are to:

  • provide a secure market outlook for producers
  • stimulate demand by technical research, product development and promotion
  • improve the quality of the clip
  • provide an efficient marketing service from collection to auction

For more information about the British Wool Marketing Board please visit our main site at www.britishwool.org.uk

The Campaign for Wool

We hope to help raise the profile of wool as a natural sustainable fibre and we part fund The Campaign for Wool which is a cross-industry initiative convened by HRH The Prince of Wales in January 2010. The Prince believes the natural, sustainable origin and highly technical structure of wool can offer fashion, interiors and the built environment many superior benefits.

For more information about The Campaign for Wool please visit www.campaignforwool.org or follow the link at the top of the page.


Each year we receive many hundreds of requests for information about wool, sheep and related subjects. We have welcomed this interest and have created our learning website and the resources on it in response to those enquiries.

This website has been designed to work alongside our main website with the intention of providing free to use teaching and learning material.

It is our aim to offer cross-subject resources which not only help to deepen general understanding of the British wool industry, but which offer pupils, teachers, organisations and families fun and engaging material.

For more information on how to get the most from this website and the material provided please visit the teacher section.