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UK factory directory

Faces to know and places to go for the best in UK manufacturing across all industry sectors.

David Nieper

Contact Juliet Williams, non-executive director and director of David Nieper Fashion Academy

Address Saulgrove House, Nottingham Road, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7LE

Telephone 07831 097946

Number of employees 240

Years in business 50

Turnover Circa £15m

Specialism Lingerie, nightwear, separates and outerwear for the premium direct-to-consumer market

Services Sampling, pattern-cutting, grading, CMT, button-holing

Challenges Finding employees with design, manufacturing and business skills

Eden Studio

Contact Catharina Eden, director and manager

Address Truebell House, 5B Lombard Road, London, SW19 3TZ

Telephone 020 8545 2216

Number of employees Up to eight

Years in business Three

Turnover Undisclosed

Specialism Women’s dresses, wedding dresses, jackets and soft separates for the luxury and premium markets

Services Sampling, pattern-cutting, grading, CMT, small run-production (10 to 100 unites per style) and product development

Challenges Finding experienced staff

The English leather belt & bag company

Contact Priscilla Liu, director

Address 17 Cross Street, London, N1 2BH

Telephone 020 7704 1912

Number of employees 35

Years in business 35

Turnover Undisclosed

Specialism High-end leather accessories

Services Made to order (MTO) and unique designs service

Challenges Convincing retailers to bring production back to the UK

Fox Brothers

Contact Cass Stainton, PR

Address Tonedale Mills, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 0BA

Telephone 01823 662271

Number of employees 20

Years in business 238

Turnover Undisclosed

Specialism Woollen cloth and worsted cloth for Savile Row and the catwalk market. Clients include Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, Henry Poole, Dege & Skinner, Mackintosh, Stella McCartney and Ralph Lauren

Services Cloth manufacturing

Challenges Yarn supply and getting it delivered on time

Gloria Fashions

Contact David King, managing director

Address Unit 1, 30A Borwick Avenue, London, E17 6RA

Telephone 020 8509 1009

Number of employees 18

Years in business 55

Turnover £300,000

Specialism Soft tailoring for the premium and luxury market

Services Sampling, CMT and button-holing

Challenges Finding experienced staff

Hawick Knitwear

Contact Arthur Rennie, brand development manager

Address Liddesdale Road, Hawick, Scotland, TD9 0WX

Telephone 01450 363100

Number of employees 230

Years in business 136

Turnover £8m

Specialism Knitwear, cashmere, lambswool and accessories for the premium and mainstream market

Services Sampling, grading, full process production

Challenges Raw material price increases and cost of UK labour

Image Studio Production

Contact Anna Brett, managing director

Address Units 27 and 29, Baseline Business Studios, Whitechurch Road, London, W11 4AT

Telephone 020 7792 4686

Number of employees Eight to 10

Years in business Six

Turnover Undisclosed

Specialism Eveningwear, tailoring and avant-garde designs for the premium and luxury market. Clients include Peter Pilotto, Vivienne Westwood, Emilio de la Morena and William Tempest

Services Sampling, pattern-cutting, cut make and trim, button-holing and consultancy

Challenges Responding fast enough to the demands of the high-end market

Jack Masters

Contact Snahal Patel, director

Address Lifeguard Building, 129 Grace Road, Leicester, LE2 8AJ

Telephone 01162 837300

Number of employees 45 to 75

Years in business 27

Turnover Undisclosed

Specialism Knitwear for high street retailers and small brands for the premium and mainstream markets

Services Sampling, pattern-cutting, grading, CMT, button-holing and knitting

Challenges Finding staff and consistent orders

JR Tusting

Contact William Tusting, director

Address 29/30 Olney Road, Lavendon, Buckinghamshire, MK46 4EU

Telephone 01234 712266

Number of employees 35

Years in business 36

Turnover £1.5m

Specialism Leather bags and luggage for the premium and luxury markets. Services Leather cutting

Challenges Finding Skilled staff

London Tradition

Contact Rob Huson, managing director

Address 96B Wallis Road, London, E9 5LN

Telephone 020 8533 9900, 07736 880850

Number of employees 40

Years in business 10

Turnover Undisclosed

Specialism Outerwear and unlined garments for the premium market

Services Sampling, pattern-cutting, grading, CMT and button-holing

Challenges Finding skilled labour

Lucy-Jane Creative Pattern Cutting

Contact Lucy Hunter, owner and manager

Address Unit C Glynde House, 2A Glynde Street, London, SE4 1RU

Telephone 020 8314 5723

Number of employees One

Years in business Two

Turnover Undisclosed

Specialism Premium womenswear, menswear, kidswear and maternity

Services Pattern-cutting

Challenges Finding an apprentice and paying for their training

Mica Hirosawa woven textile design

Contact Mica Hirosawa, managing director

Address Unit E2J Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, London, WC1N 2NP

Telephone 020 7242 2887

Number of employees One

Years in business 16

Turnover Undisclosed

Specialism Woven scarves for the premium and luxury market.

Services Sampling and weaving

Challenges Shortage of skilled workers

Paloma Design

Contact David Nkengmo, proprietor

Address Unit 75,

The Acorn Centre, Barry Street, Oldham, OL1 3NE

Telephone 0161 620 4434

Number of employees Nine

Years in business Four

Turnover Undisclosed

Specialism Premium accessories for kids and adults made from sustainable materials such as bamboo.

Services Sampling, pattern-cutting, grading, CMT, button-holing, turning initial sketches into product

Challenges Finding skilled labour and getting access to buyers in the big multiple retailers

Samuel Brothers (St Paul’s)

Contact Lee Dawson, managing director

Address Regimental Headquarters The Royal Logistics Corp, Dettingen House, Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Camberley, Surrey, GU16 6RW

Telephone 01252 838140

Number of employees 20

Years in business 81

Turnover More than £500,000

Specialism Design and manufacture of uniforms including bespoke military ceremonial uniforms

Services Sampling, pattern-cutting, CMT

Challenges Finding skilled workers, particularly bespoke cutters

Sienna Couture

Contact Carl Bromley, co-director

Address 208 Avro House, Havelock Terrace, Battersea Park,

London, SW8 4AS

Telephone 020 7622 9993

Number of employees Six

Years in business 16

Turnover Undisclosed

Specialism Womenswear for the luxury, premium and mainstream markets

Services Sampling, pattern-cutting, grading, CMT, production, consultancy for start-up businesses, product development and sourcing advice

Challenges Convincing potential clients that have previously had a bad experience with their sampling or production that the business is not the same and making them understand that all services supplied do actually have to be paid for. Getting clients to deliver cloth, etc when promised


Contact Karen Bendell, consultant for sourcing and production management

Address Cavendish House, Canal Street, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4HP

Telephone 01159 735292

Number of employees 30

Years in business 150

Turnover Undisclosed

Specialism Premium garments, especially T-shirts, as well as garments for the Japanese market and select customers such as Margaret Howell

Services Pattern-cutting and sampling

Challenges Lack of skilled workers for technical roles

Textile Centre of Excellence

Contacts Amy Wheldrake, co-production supervisor and tech machinist and Bill Macbeth, managing director

Address Red Doles Lane, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD2 1YF

Telephone 01484 346500

Number of employees 25

Years in business 38

Turnover Undisclosed

Specialism Caters for the premium market and works for a textile innovation programme sampling men’s jackets and trousers using anti-counterfeit fabric

Services Sampling

Challenges Transferring skills to a younger workforce

Toumazi & Co

Contact Sital Punja, commercial director

Address Eftakomi House, 112 Vale Road, London, N4 1PL

Telephone 020 8800 6668

Number of employees 10

Years in business Three as Park Lane Styles. Rebranded three months ago

Turnover Undisclosed

Specialism Premium and value menswear and womenswear

Services Sampling, pattern cutting, grading, CMT

Challenges Finding skilled labour, technology upgrades and sustainability

Vertical Garments

Contact Simon Cook, sales director

Address 6B Radnor Road, Wigston, Leicester, LE18 4XY

Telephone 01162 784333

Number of employees Seven

Years in business 24

Turnover £950,000

Specialism Caters for the luxury and premium market for retailers including Topshop Boutique and premium brands Bolongaro Trevor, Fred Perry, The Village Green and Out of Exile

Services Offers quality fitted fabrics and fully-finished garments

Challenges Finding skilled workers

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