Where does the ‘Made in UK’ strategy go from here?

“The retailers we are talking about range from popular heritage brands to the smaller online retailers. All of them have come together to show how the production of luxury garments can flourish here, in our own country.

The delegates at the press conference learned about different interesting plans, for example, the apprenticeship schemes which are ran by employers and colleges around the entire country. The goal of these courses is to familiarise the young generation with the career they can achieve in garment manufacturing.”

Those were the words of Dr Julie King, head of textiles & fashion at De Montfort University. The retailers who spoke at the conference backed up their thesis with reliable arguments. Currently, fuel costs are rising and this leads to higher transportation bills, especially when we are talking about transportation overseas.

The wages in most of the ‘low cost’ countries is increasing and the market is moving rapidly. Surprisingly, these factors turn the UK in a competitive manufacturer when it comes to garment manufacture.

One of the most important questions King was asked was “What are your plans to develop the ‘Made in the UK’ strategy?” The answer was the following: “Our ASBCI website display detailed info about the regular visits to UK distribution and production plans.

We constantly communicate with our members and arrange organised trips and visits. Developing this market isn’t an easy task, but we pare buyers and members who have the potential to become business associates. So far this strategy has proven to be successful”

“Our biggest advantage is that we are able to cope with the high demand and manufacture garments at all price points & levels. Presenters focused on different aspects of their factories and projects. Some of them spoke about the high standards followed in their facilities while others boasted the energy efficiency and sustainability of their factory.”