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Cooper & Stollbrand to feature in Channel 4 documentary

Manchester clothes manufacturer Cooper & Stollbrand is to feature in a Channel 4 documentary celebrating UK production.

Made in England will air at 7.30pm on Friday February 18 and will look at life on Cooper & Stollbrand’s factory floor in the run up to Christmas through the eyes of two of the factory’s machinists.

The programme will also chart the factory’s progress under the guidance of former City worker James Eden, who bought a stake in the business and took control of its day to day running three years ago. Cooper & Stollbrand produces clothes for high street chains like Topshop and All Saints, and also has its own contemporary menswear brand, Private White VC.

The show coincides with the beginnings of a resurgence in UK manufacturing, driven by the rising costs and decreasing reliability of production overseas.

Channel 4 said: “Since taking over, James has dragged the factory out of the doldrums and into the 21st century, developing a business that produces garments for high street retailers and premium designer labels.”

“Made In England provides an intimate look at the factory floor through the eyes of football mad Jean and perfectionist Dot who provide a vital link between management and the machinists as the business works towards completing orders in time for the Christmas rush.

The show was directed by Satnam Authi at Century Films. Liesel Evans was the executive producer.

Readers' comments (1)

  • I am definitely going to be Sky+'ing this one. I've been to this factory and it is truly incredible. It's like a time warp to the 1950s but the people are amazing - so talented and determined and hard working. They make great quality product and have an incredible archive too.
    There is a major skills gap in the UK manufacturing industry so it will be fascinating to hear the story of this factory through the eyes of some of the few skilled worked who are left.

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