British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman has upped his commitment to supporting UK fashion once again by spearheading a project to boost the UK’s manufacturing industry.
The project will also support emerging UK designers and small fashion businesses that want to manufacture in the UK but find the cost prohibitive.
Harold Tillman, who also owns British heritage brands Jaeger and aquascutum“>Aquascutum, is working with independent body National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) to audit UK factories and their productivity. The report, the results of which are expected within 12 months according to Tillman, will assess the capacity of UK factories and the willingness of their owners to manufacture for additional brands and retailers.
Tillman said: “Many factories produce only for one company but I want to find out whether that output could be increased so that other designers and small businesses can use them, and in so doing make it more affordable for these designers to manufacture in the UK.” He added: “The ultimate goal is to create a hub of manufacturing excellence and intelligence to assist small businesses.”
No factories or retailers have as yet been approached to support the scheme but the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), the Centre for Fashion Enterprise and the Manufacturing Advisory Service have backed the project.