Kate Hills is the founder of Make it British, an online resource for promoting British-made Brands & UK manufacturing.
Comment on: A new era as New Look sharpens its strategy
This makes me so mad! They make a sweeping statement like this about UK manufacturers not being ethical, and the next thing you know it ends up with The Times reporting that 'the vast majority' of UK garment manufacturers are unethical:
It doesn't help anyone, and I would have thought better of The Times than to make such a statement without proper data to back it up.
Everyone in the industry knows that the reason that most of the factories that New Look were working with were unethical was because they wanted to make everything as cheaply as they possibly could. These unethical manufacturers that they speak of wouldn't exist in the first place if retailers like New Look didn't try and squeeze every last penny out of them.
Comment on: UK textiles reshoring is ‘real and growing’
Great article Tara.
An increased demand for UK textiles is certainly something that I have witnessed over the last few years, particularly when it comes to our Meet the Manufacturer trade show.
We've already had 100% more visitors register this year than we had at the same time last year and have quadrupled the amount of exhibitors in just 3 years.
UK textile manufacturing is on the rise and long may it continue!
I have seen a huge increase in demand for UK manufacturing over the last few years and there are many fantastic garment manufacturers here who pay above the minimum wage.
I do hope that this does not cause a knee-jerk reaction amongst the retailers to pull their business out of the UK, as this would seriously damage all of the great work that the GOOD manufacturers have been doing.
Statements such as the one above from the ETI do not help either. Implying that all of Leicester is a bit dodgy and that retailers should reconsider how they work with suppliers there will just cause a mass exodus and the good places will end up closing down too :(
Comment on: Maternity fashion is a blooming market
I'm surprised that you failed to mention Tiffany Rose, a fantastic maternity brand that is entirely made in the UK. They've been established for over a decade and were the first maternity brand to make occasionwear for mums-to-be.
This is great news!