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WATCH: Francis Dodson of Marton Mills for British Textile Week


Francis Dodson is the sales director of Marton Mills, the largest supplier of school wear and kilt fabrics in the UK. The company’s fabrics are used in a wide range of applications throughout the clothing and furnishing industries. Marton Mills also produces a stunning collection of woven accessories for both fashion and interior end uses.

The company was founded in 1931 as a double jersey knitwear company and then moved into fabrics for private schoolwear. Based in Poole in Wharfdale, Marton Mills today has 20 looms, producing around 25,000 metres per week in wool, polyester, cotton and blends. The company holds a large amount of stock and has no minimum order.

In this interview for British Textile Week, Francis discusses how important design is to Marton Mills and why there is a growing export market for its products. He also explains why he is very proud to be part of a British manufacturer, which he sees as defined by great quality, exemplary service and unrivalled skills and craftsmanship.


UKFT’s British Textile Week is a digital showcase of the craftsmanship, imagination and innovation of the UK textile industry.