UK textile manufacturing gathers pace after Brexit vote

UK textile manufacturers have reported huge increases in production following Britain’s vote to leave the EU.

According to a study carried out by Make it British, the organiser of UK sourcing event Meet the Manufacturer, British manufacturers have seen an uptick in production of 25% to 50% this year, compared to last year.

Furthermore, of the 95 UK textile manufacturers taking part in the study, 30% said they were receiving more enquiries now than prior to the EU Referendum.

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And when asked how positive they felt about the future of UK textile manufacturing, the answer was an average of 3.75 on a scale of 1 to 5.

Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council said: “Many of our British designers are already manufacturing product here in the UK and we are frequently asked to make introductions and provide more information on the right production partners.”

After receiving a rising number of enquiries from people looking for advice on where to find UK manufacturers and how to work with them, Make it British founder and CEO Kate Hills has launched ‘Ask Kate’.

“It’s a live interactive broadcast with me every Thursday, giving people the opportunity to have their questions answered in real time.  We give plenty of essential tips and practical advice for businesses looking to make their products in the UK,” she said.

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