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Plymouth to launch manufacturing venture

Plymouth College of Art and non-profit organisation Millfields Trust are launching a local makers’ initiative, with a particular focus on ethical and British manufacturing.

The venture will provide cut, make and trim services to the fashion industry.

The project, called “Makers HQ”, will bring together academic institutions, businesses, designers, makers and members of the local community to create a sustainable and innovative new business model for the fashion and textiles sector in Plymouth.

Plymouth College of Art and Millfields Trust gained £184,000 funding from independent trust Power to Change and an additional £96,000 from Plymouth City Council’s social enterprise investment fund.

The initiative aims to drive community regeneration, initially within the Stonehouse area, through job creation, increased retention of highly-skilled graduates and training opportunities.

It also hopes to re-establish the city’s historical links with the industry. Millfields Trust is head quartered on Union Street at a former Jaeger clothing factory, which closed in 1997.

As part of the venture, it is seeking to recruit a studio manager to set up a sampling unit and training facility. The closing date for applications is next Monday (12 February).

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