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UKFT supports Huddersfield Fine Worsteds with EU shipping solution


UKFT has supported Huddersfield Fine Worsteds, an internationally renowned cloth merchant, to establish a new solution for shipping in Europe post-Brexit.

Huddersfield Fine Worsteds supplies the world’s biggest design houses and most prestigious tailors with superior sourced and produced woollen and worsted fabrics. Huddersfield Fine Worsteds T/A Hardy Minnis is the only cloth merchant to hold a Royal Warrant By Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

UKFT has been working with HFW since the start of the year to the cloth merchant adjust its EU logistics and supply chains to continue to supply customers after the UK left the European Union.

“It has been a rough ride but I am pleased to say we now seem to have a workable system for shipping in Europe,” said Iain Milligan, managing director of Huddersfied Fine Worsteds. The company is now working through UKFT’s partner Greenway Logistics, based in the Netherlands.

“It has taken us until now to find what has to be done on a daily basis to get goods into Europe smoothly… We advised our customers of how we are shipping at the start of August and everyone seems to be happy with the method. Hopefully now confidence will return and customers will once again feel happy to buy from the UK.”

Huddersfield Fine Worsteds is a group comprising some of the best and oldest names in English fabrics, including Martin Sons, Josiah France, John G Hardy, Hunt & Winterbotham, and J & J Minnis.

Today, HFW is a global brand with a global presence with offices in the United Kingdom, India and China, and selling agents around the world in locations including South America, Europe and the Far East.

UKFT has recently formalised its agreement with Greenway Logistics, offering UKFT member companies the opportunity to develop their logistics in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

The services and benefits this new partnership will bring to UKFT members include:

  • Continuation and further development of Brexit related advice and solutions.
  • Consolidation of sea freight, with ‘buying at source’ and ‘buffering at source’ as new elements.
  • CO₂ monitoring of logistics, with formal certification and focus on improving performance.
  • Gateway-O initiative, aimed at helping SME and larger brands with a low barrier, low cost, entry to the Chinese market through multibrand WeChat stores and others.


To find out more about UKFT’s partnership with Greenway Logistics and benefits for your business, contact info@ukft.org