High hopes for the future at Meet the Manufacturer

Having gained a lot of insight from the fantastic event last year, it was a pleasure to once again to attend Meet the Manufacture.  The strong conference and workshop line-up was very thought provoking with a large number of topics and subjects concerning UK fashion and textiles manufacturing covered. In many ways, it felt as … More High hopes for the future at Meet the Manufacturer

3rd month of turnover increases for fashion and textiles manufacturers

April’s Office for National Statistics monthly business survey has shown the turnover of fashion and textiles manufacturers has increased for the third successive month with March’s figure standing at £726million, £32million higher than in February. Despite this positive pattern, the current turnover levels are below a year earlier in March 2015 where turnover value had … More 3rd month of turnover increases for fashion and textiles manufacturers

Retail and Internet fashion sales up in April

The latest retail figures released by the Office for National Statistics paint a picture of UK consumers spending once more in textiles, clothing and footwear stores with a 1.3% jump on March’s value of purchases although spending still remains 6.6% lower than the corresponding month last year. The volume measure followed a similar trend 1.3% … More Retail and Internet fashion sales up in April

Producer prices steady in April

The latest Office for National Statistics relase on producer prices has shown prices remained steady for textiles, clothing and leather manufacturers during April and follows a trend for the year. Over the long term textiles production costs have continued to remain lower than what has been recorded across the leather and apparel manufacturing sectors.  Apparel … More Producer prices steady in April

Has the Chinese slowdown impacted UK fashion exports?

The latest news from the Chinese economy in April have reported weak consumer demand.  Imports into China fell 1.8% from a year earlier as analysts fear any indications of recovery may be short lived following strong export figures recorded in March. What does this mean for UK exports of fashion and textiles goods to China?  … More Has the Chinese slowdown impacted UK fashion exports?

Index of production shows more mixed messages in March 2016

The latest Index of Production figures for March 2016 show again the volatility in production levels within the fashion and textiles sector.  Textiles production was slightly up on February with production levels remaining steady since the start of 2015. However, despite very strong employment and export figures, apparel continued on its recent rollercoaster, with the … More Index of production shows more mixed messages in March 2016

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