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Trailblazer of UK reshoring and ethical manufacturing, Jenny Holloway gives a frank interview on how tough it was to set up a clothing factory. Having previously come from a buying background, she shares the highs and lows it took to create a succesful and ethical garment factory in North London. Fashion Enter, is a garment manufacturer…Read More
If you’re looking to manufacture a product you’ll likely have heard people talking about MOQs. But what exactly does that mean? Why do manufacturers have them? And, how can you overcome high MOQs? So what exactly is an MOQ? It stands for minimum order quantity. As the name suggests, it is the lowest amount that…Read More
David Nieper is one of the largest UK clothing manufacturers. We interview MD Christopher Nieper to hear about his ‘just-in-time’ business model and initiatives to tackle textile skills shortage David Nieper is a long-standing fashion house based in Derbyshire. The company sells direct to customers and operates a vertical business model carrying out everything in-house,…Read More
Over 60 businesses and stakeholders came together in Leicester last week to develop a plan to support the growing demand for UK garment manufacturing. Read on to find out why now, why Leicester and what’s next… A ground-breaking meeting was held at Leicester City Hall on the 6th October 2017 to look at ways in…Read More
We travelled to Lancashire, to visit wallpaper manufacturer Surface Print. Abigail Watson, Surface Print marketing director, talks to us about all things wallpaper, from Lancashire’s manufacturing heritage to the services Surface Print offer, and their own brand – 1838 Wallcoverings. The first wallpaper machine was invented in Lancashire, so it’s no surprise to learn of Lancashire’s…Read More
How has one of the last remaining footwear factories in the UK adapted to the changing industry? We catch up with Chris Woodford of Crown Northampton to hear how his family footwear business has survived after many businesses have closed down Located in the heart of British shoemaking, Crown Northampton have over a century of…Read More
The annual Make it British survey of fashion and textile manufacturers has revealed that 2017 has been another great year for the sector. This comes despite economic uncertainty with issues surrounding the availability of skills for an industry that just a few years ago everyone considered to be dead. Half of UK textile manufacturers saw turnover…Read More
In 2008 I left my well-paid job as a fashion buyer with a mission to do something about the decline in UK manufacturing. I reflect on my former career and how far I’ve come in the last few years. If you’re currently in an unrewarding job and want to do something different in 2018 then…Read More
MP demands to know why Parliament aren’t serving on plates made in Stoke-on-Trent When Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth noticed plates in the Houses of Parliament that didn’t have the renowned Stoke-on-Trent backstamp she questioned WHAT the UK Government were actually buying that was made in Britain. Ms Smeeth requested figures from the House of…Read More
Does the UK’s younger generation really not have the same work ethic as the older one? Or is it just that manufacturers are not presenting themselves in a way in which to attract them? In this article I consider WHY manufacturers may be having trouble appealing to young people, and what they can do about…Read More
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