Fashion jobs market remains bouyant

The latest monitoring of job advertisements as offered through both Drapers and Fashion United show both publications assessment of the fashion jobs market continuing to show bouyancy. Drapers as of Friday had 1,875 jobs advertised with the largest number in design, merchandising and retail management. Table 1: Drapers job advertisements as of 22nd April 2016Source: … More Fashion jobs market remains bouyant

Challenges ahead but things looking good for UK fashion and textiles manufacturing – A review of ASCBI spring conference

It was a pleasure to attend the ASCBI conference last Tuesday on the topic of “The reality of UK manufacturing: is it a sustainable option?” With a variety of speakers covering different aspects of the industry (many of whom offered a very personal and fascinating perspective), the consensus was one where businesses were once again … More Challenges ahead but things looking good for UK fashion and textiles manufacturing – A review of ASCBI spring conference

Optimistic picture painted for the Scottish textiles sector in latest data release

The latest figures on Scottish clothing, textiles and leather production paint a picture of production rebounding during 2015 following difficult 2012 and 2014.  Whilst the final quarter of 2015 saw production fall 1.2% on the previous quarter, this is a traditional pattern and far less severe than the falls recorded in 2012 and 2014. Indeed, … More Optimistic picture painted for the Scottish textiles sector in latest data release

Manufacturers increase turnover in February 2016

The most recent monthly turnover figures have showed manufacturers in the fashion and textiles sector collectively increasing their turnover to £685m in February 2016, the third successive quartely rise in line with the traditional pattern exhibited during the traditional easing down in the run up to Christmas.  This February’s figure is slightly down on the … More Manufacturers increase turnover in February 2016

Large rises in job vacancies advertised in Drapers and Fashion United

The following round-up of Drapers and Fashion United’s job advertisement numbers from Friday 15th April. Drapers Continuing the large rise in jobs advertised through Drapers the week before, Drapers online saw job vacancies rise again to 1,946 roles advertised, a rise of 88 on the previous week and 144 over the previous four weeks. Table … More Large rises in job vacancies advertised in Drapers and Fashion United

Producer prices continue their steady rise in March

Producer prices rose slightly in March 2016 as leather and leather product manufacturers saw their material and fuel prices rise 0.6%, wearing apparel rise slightly by 0.2% and textile producers material and fuel costs remain flat. Figure 1: Producer Price Index (2010=100)Source: Office for National Statistics The figures are interesting in that whilst wider manufacturing … More Producer prices continue their steady rise in March

Drapers and Fashion United advertise rising recruitment needs

The following round-up of Drapers and Fashion United’s job advertisement numbers from Friday 8th April. Drapers After a substantial dip the previous week, there were over 200 net more jobs advertised through Drapers on 8th April bringing the number up to 1,858 advertised.   The largest single category was for design roles with 250 advertisements.  This … More Drapers and Fashion United advertise rising recruitment needs

Mixed messages for fashion and textiles manufacturers in February

Following a good start to the new year with strong figures reported in January, the latest monthly figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Friday reported a fall in overall UK manufacuring output falling by 1.1% during February 2016.  At the same time, the trade deficit also widened with a 1.3% fall in … More Mixed messages for fashion and textiles manufacturers in February

Fashion and textiles manufacturing investment falls in 2015

After a strong start to 2015, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show business investment by fashion and textiles businesses fell substantially in the final half of the year as the annual of £193m was the lowest since 2010 and the fifth successive year of decline although investment levels remain higher than … More Fashion and textiles manufacturing investment falls in 2015