The UK consumer spent over £75bn on clothing, footwear and household textiles in 2016. This is a strong growth on the previous year and continues the upward trend, indicating a growing and continuing consumer demand for fashion products.
Government data showed that in 2016 108,000 people were employed within textiles and apparel manufacture (excluding self-employed), a larger figure than any reported in 2015. The longer term view of the numbers shows a continuing steady growth in employment numbers.
Over 880,000 people are employed in the wider industry (including wholesalers, designers, brands and retailers).
UK Manufacturing Output
In 2016 the UK’s fashion and textile manufacturing sector produced £9.1 billion of product. From designer creations seen at the leading catwalks to fabrics used in medical, defence and transport industries.
There is growing global demand for UK fashion and textiles products. In 2016 the industry exported £9 billion, an increase of 30% over 5 years.
Over 90% of the fashion and textiles that consumers buy on the UK’s high streets is imported. Over £19 billion worth of fashion was imported in 2016 and a further £5.4 billion of textiles.
The fashion and textile industry directly contributed £29.7billion to the UK GDP in 2016. The industry’s contribution is on par with other major economic sectors
The full version of UKFT’s report on the apparel and textile manufacturing sector is available to download. A variety of other reports on the sector are also available.