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Innovation in the British fashion & textiles industry?

Call for more fashion & textiles companies to stand up and be counted in nationwide search for innovation

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A while back I was invited to the launch of the Government’s Make it in Great Britain campaign and at the time I felt that the fashion and textiles sector was under-represented in their plans to raise awareness of British manufacturing.

Just from my own research over the last few years, as well as all of the hundreds of designers, brands and manufacturers that have contacted me since I launched this website, I know that we still make a hell of a lot of fantastic garments, textiles and leathergoods in this country.

Now, as part of the Government’s campaign, they have announced the Make it in Great Britain Challenge  – a competition open to manufacturers, designers and businesses of all sizes, to find the most innovative British pre-market products and concepts.

It would be great to see British fashion and textiles represented in the winning entries. So if you think you have something that should be considered please stand up and be counted!

Please note this website, Make it British, is independent and separate to the latterly named government campaign Make it in Great Britain, so please don’t submit your entries to this website.

To put yourself forward for the challenge please go to their website here.



  1. Nicky Tapper on April 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Hi there,

    I’d just like to say how pleased I am to have found this site and this particular article! I teach Textiles and Fashion at a school in the North East and it has been awful to see the decline in uptake for the subject in recent years.
    I teach some extremely telented and creative young people who unfortunately believe that there is little industry in the UK and therefore believe that they will struggle to find a job within the subject. This in turn has filtered down through the years and now only a small number of pupils actually opt for the subject – despite how talented they may be!
    I also believe that the UK Fashion and Textiles industry is massively under represented and that we should celebrate our successes more in order to inspire the designers and manufacturers of tomorrow!
    I will definately be sharing this article with my pupils.

    Thanks again!!

    • on April 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Nicky

      It’s very sad to hear that there is a decline in students studying Fashion & Textiles in the UK these days.
      Having studied the subject myself 20 years ago I feel that those three years that I spent learning not only how to design, but also to pattern cut and use an industrial sewing machine, set me in very good stead for the two decades following that I spent working in a variety of roles in the fashion industry, including running this site.
      Trying to inspire the designers and manufacturers of tomorrow is part of the reason that I set up Make it British, if it leads to a few more young people deciding to start a career in fashion or manufacturing then it has all been worthwhile.

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