R&D Spending Stabilises but Remains Below Other Manufacturing Industry Averages

Recently published data released by the Office for National Statistics show Research and Development Expenditure within the Fashion and Textiles manufacturing sectors stabilised in 2014 with the combined sector spending £22 million. Textile manufacturing that accounts for most of the combined sector (mainly due to the R&D requirements within material property, technical textile and associated … More R&D Spending Stabilises but Remains Below Other Manufacturing Industry Averages

Trends and Innovation Impacting the Textile Chain: Findings from the Gherzi Textil Organisation

Returning to the 4th Euratex conference, Gherzi Consulting’s presentation on trends and innovation within the textile supply chain. The presentation identified five key external driver areas that are all influencing demand along different areas of the chain. These were namely: The Textile Added Value Chain itself with the increasing importance of changing product markets and … More Trends and Innovation Impacting the Textile Chain: Findings from the Gherzi Textil Organisation

Opportunites for High Quality Fashion and Textiles producers: Macro-economic outlook – View from the 4th Euratex Convention

The 18th November saw Euratex host its 4th annual convention in Milan. The conferences emphasis was on sustainable innovation, a subject that is very much at the fore of European manufacturer’s agendas. From the presentations posted by Euratex online, the discussions looked to cover a wide range of topics associated with this area. I would … More Opportunites for High Quality Fashion and Textiles producers: Macro-economic outlook – View from the 4th Euratex Convention

Productivity in the Scottish Fashion and Textiles Sector Rebounds

Scottish Government have recently published Index of Production statistics showing the Scottish Textiles, Clothing and Leather products sector recovered strongly in q2 2015 to 92.8 on the index (with 2010 = 100). This upturn has followed four successive quarters of decline in the sector that have seen the sector production decline by 14 per cent … More Productivity in the Scottish Fashion and Textiles Sector Rebounds

UK Consumer Prices for Clothing & Footwear Fall Slightly in q3 2015

The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics show consumer prices in quarter 3 2015 slightly dipped to 80.9 (compared to the 2005 long-term average of 100)  continuing to follow a long term trend at this level. Figure 1: Consumer Price Index for Clothing and Footwear and CPI All Item Index Source: Office … More UK Consumer Prices for Clothing & Footwear Fall Slightly in q3 2015

Producer price index remains flat for fashion and textiles manufacturers

The latest figures published by the ONS have found the producer price index for fashion and textiles employers has remained stable with q3 2015 remaining in a similar position where it has been since early 2014 across each of the three fashion and textiles manufacturing sub-sectors. The one interesting trend to pick up on is … More Producer price index remains flat for fashion and textiles manufacturers

Sustained job growth reported in UK fashion and textiles manufacturing industry

Good news from the ONS shows the fashion and textiles manufacturing sector in q2 2015 added another 1,000 jobs on the q1 figures using their labour force survey measure (survey based which includes self-employment and is one of a variety of measures for employment in the sector.) This brings the employment rate in the sector … More Sustained job growth reported in UK fashion and textiles manufacturing industry

Exporting to the EU? How have markets for apparel been holding up?

The on-going sluggish growth across the Eurozone coupled with the falling value of the Euro in comparison to Stirling over the past few years (the £ now stands at €1.44 having been as low as €1.15 in early 2013) had made the cost of importing goods from the UK higher.  Theotretically, these tougher conditions would … More Exporting to the EU? How have markets for apparel been holding up?

Fashioning the Future: Apprenticeship numbers in England climb to a record high

Provisional full year figures published by the Skills Funding Agency show that apprenticeship starts on the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship in the 2014/15 academic year in England have flourished. 260 new starters were recorded on the Apprenticeship in this period, an increase of 65 per cent on 2013/14 figures when 170 were registered. These numbers … More Fashioning the Future: Apprenticeship numbers in England climb to a record high

How are the Chinese apparel markets performing

How much is the much publicised down turn affecting the Chinese export market for apparel? Well it turns out the latest q3 figures illustrate an incredible upturn in export volumes from the UK into China with almost £13.5 million worth of apparel exported compared to £7.8 million in q3 2014.  Export values to China in … More How are the Chinese apparel markets performing