Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Yorkshire's textile trade all set for revival
Yorkshire's textile trade all set for revival
Apr '17
Yorkshire’s textile industry is on a revival path through a textiles growth programme, an initiative with private and public sector partnership which was established by former Cabinet minister Sir Vince Cable when he was business secretary. The project, launched five years ago to explore increasing UK fashion and textiles, is also helping create jobs.

Altogether, 113 textiles manufacturing businesses across West Yorkshire have invested £44.5 million in the Textiles Growth Programme over the last four years, which has unlocked more than £10 million in grants through the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. This has helped to create 1,124 jobs and 166 apprenticeships in the industry, a growth programme spokesman said. The programme supports capital projects, skills training and research and development in the textile industry, a report in the Yorkshire Post said.

The report quoted Cable as saying, “The textile industry was widely thought to be extinct in the UK, but some outstanding entrepreneurs, using new technology plus modest Government help under coalition industrial strategy, have turned things around. Reshoring is real and growing.”  

Bill Macbeth, the managing director of the Huddersfield-based Textile Centre of Excellence, which has more than 100 textiles manufacturing businesses in its membership, said: “The Textiles Growth Programme has illustrated the willingness and capacity of companies to invest in the sector. It’s also been instrumental in increasing the Government’s awareness of the strength of the sector and its potential for growth.”

Macbeth said the sector must develop its plans for skills development, export and innovation. “This is particularly important as we prepare for Brexit negotiations,’’ he added, according to the report.

Lorna Fitzsimons, the founder and director of the Textiles Growth Programme, said the programme had been launched five years ago, to recognise the opportunity for increasing UK fashion and textiles manufacturing. She added: “This started us on a journey which led to the most extensive study on supply and demand for UK fashion and textiles manufacturing in decades. There is still more to do but this is a success story no one saw coming.”

Textiles production in the UK was worth £9.1 billion in 2016, according to research from the Textiles Growth Programme. The programme focused on local enterprise partnership areas, which had previously had a history of textile manufacturing, including West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Exports of UK fashion and textiles have increased by 28 per cent since 2012, with 26 per cent of these exports heading to customers outside the European Union, the research found.  (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

Interviews View All

Janak Dhamanwala & Sunil Dhamanwala, Jansun

Janak Dhamanwala & Sunil Dhamanwala

Moving towards sustainability is also a social change

Top executives, Textile & apparel bodies

Top executives
Textile & apparel bodies

Textile industry would like to see inclusion of cotton yarn under MEIS and ...

Textile industry, Head honchos

Textile industry
Head honchos

Relaxation in FDI norms will support growth of retail sector

Mirella Sardini,

Mirella Sardini

A leading manufacturer of automated machinery and equipment for the...

Gagan Gulati,

Gagan Gulati

PG Silk Mills Private Limited had a humble start with a hand-dyeing unit....

Will Qian,

Will Qian

Honghua Digital Technology Stock Co., Ltd. specialises in the R&D,...

Mark Brill, Birmingham City University (BCU)

Mark Brill
Birmingham City University (BCU)

<div>A technological breakthrough could see people getting messages about...

Paige Mullis, Glen Raven Inc

Paige Mullis
Glen Raven Inc

Paige Mullis discusses the expansion plans of Glen Raven Inc in India, and ...

Lynda Kelly, Suominen Corporation

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Sidharth Sinha, Sidharth Sinha

Sidharth Sinha
Sidharth Sinha

<b>Sidharth Sinha</b> has contributed to the successful rebirth and...

Adriano Goldschmied, AG Jeans

Adriano Goldschmied
AG Jeans

The hype around 'designer jeans' was created by him. And the new wave of...

Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao, Nayaab

Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao

Nayaab, an exhibition meant to celebrate Indian weaves, is in its second...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments

November 2019

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

Follow us on instagram


Follow Fibre2Fashion On

Advanced Search