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Andy Ogden, English Fine Cottons – Made in Britain Starts Here

Andy Ogden English Fine Cottons

Cotton spinning has returned to the UK!

Greater Manchester was once known as cottonopolis because it was the home to the world’s cotton yarn and fabric production during the industrial revolution.

At the turn of the Twentieth Century there were 9,000 people employed in the cotton industry in Ashton-under-Lyne, operating 2 million spindles.

But after years of decline the last commercial cotton spinning mill in the UK closed.

Cotton Spinning Manchester

Cotton spinning has returned to the UK

Three years ago a company called Culimeta-Saveguard, who had been spinning technical fibres in Dunkenfield on the outskirts of Manchester decided to bring cotton spinning back to the UK.

English Fine Cottons now supplies well known designer brands and high street retailers with cotton yarn that is used in bedding, shirts and outerwear.

I took a tour round the mill and chatted with Andy Ogden, General Manager of English Fine Cottons.

In this interview you’ll hear all about how English Fine Cottons came about, and how they are closing one of the broken loops in the UK’s fragmented textile supply chain.

More about English Fine Cottons

My visit to Tower Mill when it was still a building site in 2016

Andy Ogden English Fine Cottons

In the English Fine Cottons Mill with Andy Ogden

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  1. Pauline Davies on February 28, 2019 at 10:30 am

    English Fine Cottons mill is amazing. I took a goup from my fabric shop on a tour last year. Just today had a lady come in for cotton haberdashery to go with their knitted cotton jersey. So nice to see the buy and make British campaigns.
    All Fabrics in Stalybridge

  2. Andy Pearson on December 19, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    A group of us from Bowdon Business Club went on a tour with Andy recently. What a fantastic example of great British manufacturing. A really enjoyable tour which I would thoroughly recommend.

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