Heritage meets Innovation at Meet the Manufacturer

An interesting discussion at Meet the Manufacturer was chaired by Peter Marsh, ex-manufacturing editor of the Financial Times and recent founder of the MadeHereNow website that aims to champion UK manufacturing.  On the panel were Guy Hills from Dashing Tweeds, Ian MacLean of John Smedley and Tim Walker, fashion industry consultant working with brands such … More Heritage meets Innovation at Meet the Manufacturer

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

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

Manufacturing investment declines in q3 2015 although wider trends still positive

Fashion and textiles manufacturers followed the pattern exhibited by wider manufacturing with a slight decline in investment in q3 2015 with £56m invested by companies within the sector.  This has followed a pattern that has seen declines in quarter 3 in the previous two years.  However, the figures also put the industry on target to … More Manufacturing investment declines in q3 2015 although wider trends still positive

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