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Leicester wants ethical textiles industry
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Oct '17
Leicester wants ethical textiles industry
Representatives from British government agencies met in Leicester recently to discuss ways of developing a skilled and ethical textiles industry that can be emulated across the United Kingdom. Many retailers want to source more garments locally, but unethical and illegal work practices in the industry are a barrier, Leicester city mayor Peter Soulsby said.

Leicester wants ensure the highest standards of employment, with workers properly paid, well-trained, and working in safe environments.

Leicester city council and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) have already prioritised the textile sector as one with the potential for future growth. More than £2 million from the government’s Regional Growth Fund has been invested in that sector and the LLEP is discussing with the government on how to attract further support, according to a press release from the council.

The Leicester and Leicestershire area has the second highest concentration of textile manufacturing in the United Kingdom, with 1,500 businesses employing around 10,000 people. (DS)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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