Sandra Thomson has long links with the Scottish jute industry. In this lecture she will treat you to some stories around this and also tell about her adventures to India and Bangladesh.


Sandra Thomson is Managing Director and Owner of McGregor Balfour Textiles Ltd. The company has changed direction and now instead of being involved with carpet yarn, jute felt and soil saver is now heavily involved with jute bags and other natural products made from jute. There are over 650 uses for jute today. The first jute came to Dundee in 1820 and the last mill closed its doors in March 1999. Sandra has also been on Dragons’ Den.


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About the lecturer

Sandra Thomson is Managing Director and Owner of McGregor Balfour Textiles Ltd. The company has changed direction and now instead of being involved with carpet yarn, jute felt and soil saver is now heavily involved with jute bags and other natural products made from jute. There are over 650 uses for jute today. The first jute came to Dundee in 1820 and the last mill closed its doors in March 1999. Sandra has also been on Dragons’ Den.

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