Minister for Exports: The UK textile industry has a “great story to tell”
The UK textiles industry has a “great story to tell”, said Graham Stuart MP, Minster for Exports at the Department for International Trade (DIT), as he congratulated UKFT on the launch of the first ever British Textile Week.
He noted that the UK industry exports £3bn of textiles a year and experiences continuing strong demand in markets such as the USA and Japan.
He pointed to AW Hainsworth, based in West Yorkshire and not far from his constituency of Beverley and Holderness, which not only makes the scarlet cloth of the Queen’s Guards uniforms here in the UK, but also exports this high quality cloth to international markets including Japan and China.
“With over 4,200 businesses in a sector that employs more than 64,000 people right across the UK, from Harris Tweed in the Hebrides to Fox Brothers in Somerset, I am impressed by the multitude of talented designers and manufacturers producing apparel, interior and technical textiles for use in industries all over the world,” he said.
UKFT’s British Textile Week is a digital showcase of the craftsmanship, imagination and innovation of the UK textile industry.