A new, world-class centre of excellence and innovation for Scottish mountain biking, part-funded by Napier University, has been opened in Glentress in the Borders.
The Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland is a £300,000 multi-use facility which will support businesses undertaking commercial product development projects, testing and launch events for the sport.
In its first two years, the centre aims to help businesses launch five new products or services, drive three development projects, support 25 business start-ups and within five years generate an additional £1.5m in turnover. The centre, the result of a project led by Scottish Enterprise recognises the importance of mountain biking in Scotland.
The most recent economic impact study states that the sport generates around £120m annually for the Scottish economy.