Scottish Borders based Jackson Distillers are proud to have been the main sponsor of the inaugural Melrose 7s Hall of Fame dinner for 2022 – bringing together two of the region’s great loves, food & drink and rugby.
Jackson Distillers, the company behind the proposed St. Boswells Distillery, based at Charlesfield Industrial Estate in the Scottish Borders, is a long-term supporter of internationally renowned rugby sevens tournament Melrose Sevens, with CEO Trevor Jackson, a former President of Melrose Rugby Club.
The Jackson Distillers Hall of Fame Dinner celebrated rugby’s famous names and faces and inducted them into the Melrose Sevens Hall of Fame .
Past President of Melrose RFC and founder and CEO of Jackson Distillers Ltd., Trevor Jackson, said: “The Melrose Sevens is one of the most celebrated events in the Scottish sporting calendar and one that attracts players and spectators from around the world. The event creates significant economic benefits for the Borders, which have been sorely missed in 2020 and 2021. We are delighted to be able to support its return after two years and very much look forward to making our own mark on the Borders’ economy as construction of the St Boswells Distillery begins later this year.”
Tournament Commercial Director, Phil Morris, commented: ‘We’re delighted that Jackson Distillers have come on board to support the Melrose Sevens Hall of Fame dinner.
“We see the dinner as an exciting opportunity for Melrose to showcase its role as a key custodian of the game of rugby sevens. It’s fantastic that Jackson Distillers share our vision.”
The St. Boswells Distillery will be Scotland’s lowest carbon grain Distillery, adding value to locally grown cereals, using up to date distilling technology, adding to the circular economy, reducing carbon emissions and maximising recycling with zero waste to landfill. The approved planning application will facilitate a £46m investment in the local economy, creating c 200 construction roles and 20 permanent, high-value jobs supporting the rural community.
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About The Jackson Distillery
The development near St Boswells will create 20 permanent high-value jobs and more than 200 jobs on-site through the construction phase, developing skills and training opportunities locally and generating significant economic value for the Scottish Borders.
The site will take high-quality local cereals from the Tweed valley and process them efficiently and sustainably with renewable energy into high-quality spirit. The cereals, once spent, will be passed to the adjacent anaerobic digestion plant, where they will be converted into methane, with the remaining material being used as soil conditioner for the crops. In addition, process water from an on-site bore-hole will be efficiently recycled to minimise the use of this important resource.
The Distillery will add value to locally-grown cereals using up-to-date distilling technology, adding to the circular economy, maximising recycling, reducing carbon emissions with zero waste to landfill. The cereals will be tracked from the seedbed to the still and beyond so that the customer can be confident of the provenance of the spirit.
Trevor Jackson Biography
Trevor Jackson is the CEO of Jackson Distillers Ltd. He is also the owner of Charlesfield Farms and Estate, a land developer and has led multiple successful business ventures in the residential and commercial property sectors. Mr Jackson has also delivered a multi-million-pound renewables project, raising £11m for an award-winning Anaerobic Digestion plant. He is Chair of South-East of Scotland Scottish Land & Estates group, sits on the South of Scotland Regional Economic Partnership, and is a former President of Melrose Rugby Club.