Make it British highlights positive growth in UK manufacturing on BBC Breakfast

Kate Hills visits the John Smedley factory.

Almost half (45%) of all UK textile manufacturers say business has fared better in 2016 than last year, according to a new survey carried out by Make it British.

Kate Hills, the founder and CEO of Make it British, a resource for information on UK manufacturing and British-made brands, revealed the findings live on BBC Breakfast this morning.

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, with many manufacturers reporting increases in production of 25 to 50% compared to 2015.

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Of the 95 UK textile manufacturers taking part in the survey, 30% 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%) said that finding skilled staff was the biggest barrier to further growth while 39% blamed lack of support from Government.

The BBC Breakfast programme was broadcast live from John Smedley, the oldest manufacturing factory in the world.

Hills appeared alongside Ian Maclean, Managing Director of John Smedley and Mick Cheema from Leicester garment manufacturer Basic Premier.

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