Encouraging outlook for UK textile manufacturers
Forty-five per cent of UK textile manufacturers say “business is better than last year”.
By Laura Turner
6 December 2016
Kate Hills, founder and CEO of Make it British
- the go-to resource for information on UK manufacturing and British-made brands - will appear live on BBC1 Breakfast Business News today to publicise the results of a survey carried out by Make it British.
While the fashion manufacturing industry in the UK faces many challenges in the current economic climate, the Make it British survey shows that business is booming for many. Forty-five per cent of UK textile manufacturers reported “business is better than last year”, with many enjoying increases in production of 25-50 per cent compared to 2015.
Of the 95 UK textile manufacturers taking part in the survey, 30 per cent said they were receiving more enquiries now than prior to the EU Referendum, but that they were being hit by rising costs for raw materials, many of which are imported from the EU.
Around half (47 per cent) said that finding skilled staff was the biggest barrier to further growth, while 39 per cent blamed lack of support from Government.
When asked: “How positive do you feel about the future of UK textile manufacturing?” the answer was an average of 3.75 on a scale of 1 to 5.
The programme will be broadcast live from John Smedley, the oldest manufacturing factory in the world. Hills will appear alongside John Smedley MD, Ian Maclean, and Mick Cheema from Leicester garment manufacturer, Basic Premier.
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