Retail execs lobby for UK manufacturing support

The made-in-the-UK revival gains steam

Fashion executives have asked for Business Secretary Vince Cable’s support in reviving the UK manufacturing sector.

Former Marks & Spencer Chairman Sir Stuart Rose, catalogue magnate Lord Alliance and a number of other executives reportedly met Cable recently to discuss proposals for reinvigorating the clothing manufacturing industry.

‘They have formed the view that there is scope for bringing back an industry that disappeared in the bonfire of the ‘80s,’ Cable told the Daily Mail.


While many clothing brands have left the UK in favour of more economically advantageous (read: cheaper) manufacturing conditions in Asia since the ‘90s, in recent years, smaller brands have begun to trumpet their made-in-the-UK credentials as a selling point.

From the Cambridge Satchel Company’s bright, basic bags, to the catwalk-conquering designs of Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane, Mulberry and Anya Hindmarch, more designers are choosing to create at least some of their wares in the UK.


Even high-street favourite Topshop is getting in on the act. Topshop owner Arcadia has raised its British production by 20% over the past two years, the Mail reported.

Cable cautioned that the government would decline to subsidise any recovery, but said ‘there are things the Government can do in terms of training, apprenticeships and co-investing through regional growth funds. We have ways of helping.’

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