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

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

The internet continues to drive sales in fashion retail

The importance of the internet as a source of retail sales has continued to gather pace with online purchases made through specialist textile, clothing and retail stores enjoying their highest levels in the run up to Christmas 2015. Average weekly sales were worth £124.3m in November 2015, up from £104.2m in the corresponding month in … More The internet continues to drive sales in fashion retail

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

Online Fashion: Unpicking the key trends

The UK is increasingly becoming a computer literate and online society.   Vast changes in computer use and surfing habits are occurring as technology, infrastructure and increasing generational access continue to grow.   More and more Unpicking figures from the Office of National Statistics households and individuals survey gives us some striking messages on how the future … More Online Fashion: Unpicking the key trends