New venture lined up to support British fashion manufacturing

Plymouth College of Art is launching a new venture to provide cut, make and trim services to the fashion industry, with a strong focus on achieving ethical, British manufacturing.

The specialist arts college has teamed up with Millfields Trust, a local social enterprise, to launch the new community interest company, Makers HQ.

Power of Change, an independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and Plymouth City Council have provided £184,000 and £96,000 in funding respectively to make the project happen.

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The city of Plymouth has a rich heritage in fashion and textile manufacturing, with the Millfields Trust HQ building on Union Street formerly acting as home to the Jaeger clothing factory, until its closure in 1997, resulting in 250 jobs lost.

Plymouth College of Art and Millfields Trust are working together to reignite the fashion manufacturing sector within the South West and reimagine how a fashion factory can drive economic and community regeneration.

Makers HQ will bring together academic institutions, businesses, designers, makers and members of the local community to create a sustainable and innovative new business model for the fashion and textiles sector in Plymouth.

The company aims to drive community regeneration, initially within the Stonehouse area, through job creation, increased retention of highly-skilled graduates and training opportunities.

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