7 May, 2015

UK textile industry to create 20,000 jobs by 2020

Source: FashionUnited

A new report says the UK’s 9 billion pound textile industry could create 20,000 jobs by 2020.

The Alliance Report ‘Repatriation of UK Textiles Manufacture’ says 5,000 new jobs were created in 2014.

Demand high for British made goods

The growth in British manufacturing comes from as sourcing from low cost countries has weakened due consumers wanting shorter lead times (fast fashion) and an increasing demand for British made goods.

The report, which is published on Tuesday, claims to be the biggest study in 20 years on supply and demand within the sector and cites a number of positives for future growth.

Increasing costs from competing countries making UK sourcing more attractive and traditional areas of manufacturing are focussed around high unemployment pockets.

John Dixon, executive director general Merchandise for retail giant Marks & Spencer commented: “The report shows what a positive effect a resurgent UK textile industry has on job creation, skills and innovation on our own doorstep.

“That’s why we’re backing the Alliance report and the Textile Growth Fund and why we continue to invest in the industry through products like our ‘Best of British’ range and our textile apprenticeship scheme.”

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