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The Rebirth Of British Fashion Manufacturing

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Over the last few years, the British fashion manufacturing industry has been undergoing a quiet renaissance, as demand for British made products grows once again. In the 1960's, the UK supplied 20% of the World's clothing garments, before increased competition from other nations saw factories and textile mills being forced to shutdown.

While our clothing manufacturing industry is much smaller than it used to be, the sector has grown consistently and the future looks bright once again.

UK Fashion Industry Statistics

There are currently around 3855 clothing manufacturing companies based in the UK – nearly 500 more than we had in 2010. These businesses employ 41,000 people and comprise of large businesses, SME'S and fledgling start-ups.

The demand for luxury fashion has been a strong factor behind the industry growth, with foreign purchases keen to have the British stamp of quality. In 2015, The High-end & Designer Manufacturing Report predicted a 65% increase in demand for UK made high-end products over the next five years.

If this happens, it would deliver an additional turnover of over £400 million and support an extra 1,700 jobs across the UK.

Fashion Manufacturing Stars

Boohoo is a leading UK fashion retailer and has experienced massive popularity in recent years - perhaps surprisingly, they source around 50% of their products from manufacturers here in the UK.

Another stand-out company is Mulberry; 5 years ago they employed 100 staff in Chilcompton, Somerset. Today the number of employees has grown to 260.

Other notable businesses include:

- The Yorkshire woollen mill, Abraham Moon, who produced 1.25million metres of cloth in Britain in 2011.

- Hotter Shoes in Lancashire whose output reached 55,000 pairs of shoes per week in 2017.

- The iconic Barbour brand who make 3000 garments a week in their South Shields factory.

In addition, luxury fashion manufacturer, David Nieper, is planning to install the UK’s first digital printing plant for jersey fabric.

How We Can Help

At Pall Mall Estates, we specialise in the supply of affordable warehouses and manufacturing premises in well-connected locations. From small industrial units to large factories measuring over 100,000 square feet, we have a good selection of properties available.

Camden Industrial Estate is based on the outskirts of Birmingham City Centre with useful on-site car parking. Measuring 5000-6000 square feet, the units would be ideally suited to a start-up clothing manufacturer looking for their first factory facility.

Edgemond Avenue is situated 6 miles north of Birmingham, and presents an excellent opportunity for a fast growing business needing ample manufacturing space. There is a multi-bay warehouse designed for manufacturing purposes and a range of separate workshop areas. The open ended, canopy-covered loading bay allows swift access for delivery vehicles.

We also have numerous other premises available in the Midlands and the South East of England (including London). Contact our friendly team to request our latest stock list by calling 0121 228 0000.

There are currently around 3855 clothing manufacturing companies based in the UK – nearly 500 more than we had in 2010. These businesses employ 41,000 people and comprise of large businesses, SME'S and fledgling start-ups.

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