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UKFT plans fashion manufacturing hub in London

The UK Fashion & Textiles Association (UKFT) is exploring the creation of a fashion manufacturing hub in London.

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The hub would operate as a “one-stop shop” to demonstrate what can be done by British manufacturers, said UKFT chairman Nigel Lugg. Backed by both public and private investment, it would take the form of a shared workspace in a building that is fit for purpose, and has its own pool of labour.

Lugg said the project is in its early days and its scale is still under debate, but he sees it as a 2018 project and described it as a “dream that is becoming a reality”. If successful, it could be rolled out to other cities.

“There is a need for the manufacturing to come back,” he told Drapers.

Lugg pointed out that the UK manufacturing industry is experiencing a resurgence, driven by demand for fast fashion and Made in Britain goods.

The UKFT already operates a database of UK-based manufacturers and suppliers called Let’s Make It Here.

Customs and Revenue figures show that the export of textiles and clothing from the UK has steadily grown over the last five years to £8.5bn in 2015, up from £6.2bn in 2010

Interim findings of the Textiles Growth Programme showed revealed last month showed the value of UK clothing and textile production increased by 2.5% to £9.1bn between 2014 and 2016.

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