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WINNER: British Millerain
This sixth-generation family business was established by the Miller family in 1880. It was the first supplier to provide waxed cotton to British countrywear and motorcycle brands. All manufacturing continues in England and British Millerain is now best known as the world-leading specialist in waxed material. Its customer list includes Belstaff, Brooks Brothers and Hackett, and totals 1,000 companies globally. In the process of executing an ambitious growth plan with the purchase of a 50,000 sq ft facility in Rochdale, Lancashire, the year to date brought an 11% increase in turnover and a doubling of net profit. The new space will include digital printing, and other new and upgraded machinery, in addition to a laboratory to enhance research and development capabilities and develop new fabric finishes. A stocking stystem is also being implemented to offer short lead times for popular items. The judging panel remarked, “British Millerain is a British icon that has adapted to the needs in the modern market. With a very clear strategy, it keeps its heritage and remains relevant. It is overall a good investment.”
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Since 1988, Alison Hayes has been supplying womenswear to clients including Primark, Topshop, Coast and Debenhams. Rapid growth over the past five years has led to sales of £6.2m in 2015 from £31.7m in 2010. Alison Hayes was one of the first manufacturers to enter Romania in 1994.
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With operations in 50 countries, Avery Dennison uses graphic tags, embellishments and packaging solutions to enhance appeal for the 2,600 clothing, footwear and retailers it serves. Recently expanded to Vietnam, it works with designers Christopher Raeburn and Holly Fulton, and brand such as Clarks and Marks & Spencer.
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BTS Group’s client list includes Boohoo.com, Missguided, Lipsy and TK Maxx. In the past year, it has invested in expanding its design team and research and development capabilities. New production partnerships have been established with factories in the UK, Turkey, China and India.
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Supplying trend-led product to George, Topshop, Next, New Look and Primark, among others, has led Carmel to an average of 25% annual growth over the last six years. It has expanded its London offices, launching a jersey team, and taking a second floor for the technical team and a new design area. A fabric development office has been set up in the Vietnam office to maximise the growth in the country.
London-based manufacturer Citilites supplies womens and kidswear to retailers such as Next, Mothercare, Very.com, Simply Be and JD Williams. Set up in 1976, it now has factories in Sri Lanka and Romania, as well as the UK. Some of the team of pattern cutters, machinists and garment technologists have been with Citilites for 25 years.
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The winner of this category in 2015, this family-run business formed in 1988 supplies more 30 large high street retailers with swim, beach, lounge and nightwear. Structural changes this year allowed Haddow to streamline into two businesses, contracted work and own-branded products.
The past 12 months have brought the most change since London-based Nadia Minkoff was founded in 1989, as the women’s accessories supplier revamped its structure, operations, management and customer portfolio. Innovative software systems were introduced to merchandising and accounts departments. Nadia Minkoff is now preparing to launch a bespoke range for Jigsaw.