UK manufacturing and British-made brands in the news this week: UK exports at record high; Patrick Grant oversees training programme for Scottish textile industry; Hotter Shoes steps into apprenticeship programme; Rudels collaborates with UK textile mill A.W. Hainsworth
Exports of UK goods and services rose to a record high of £620.2 billion in the year to March 2018 according to new trade figures released this week. Goods exports were up 10%, driven by a demand for UK manufactured goods.
International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said “Demand for high quality British products remained strong from countries outside the EU including China, India and Canada and we are putting companies in position to benefit from growing global opportunities.”
Patrick Grant appointed co-chair of The Prince’s Foundation’s Future Textiles steering group (The Industry)
Fashion designer and TV presenter Patrick Grant and leading Scottish textiles manufacturer John Sugden are set to oversee an innovative training programme, based at Dumfries House, designed to breathe new life into the Scottish textiles industry.
“The manufacture of clothing and textiles has a sustainable future in the UK, but the future of manufacturing will look very different from the past. We will need employees with higher skill levels and greater flexibility than ever before, employees willing to continue to learn throughout their career and we need new solutions to bridge a skills gap created by decades of under investment in training,” explained Grant.
The UK’s biggest shoe maker has stepped up to back apprenticeships, upskilling their existing workforce and attracting new talent into the business.
“Our Learning and Development team have been working closely with the British Footwear Association and other leading shoemaker employers, to create the industry specific Footwear Manufacturer Apprenticeship.” Sara Prowse, Hotter
A.W. Hainsworth, one of the world’s leading specialist textile companies, has announced a collaboration with slipper brand Rudels Ltd. Hainsworth felts and cloths have been chosen by Rudels for its range of luxury slippers.
Bradley Rudelhoff, owner of Rudels Ltd., commented: “Working with the very best British suppliers is crucially important to us, and there are no better materials than Hainsworth. We’re looking forward to cementing a long term partnership between Rudels and A.W Hainsworth.”