Textiles Future Forum
The aim of the Textiles Future Forum initiative was to accelerate collaboration between the Scottish textile industry and academia designed to fast-track innovation in the sector and wider markets where textiles are the key to the supply chain.
The TFF initiative was market-driven and industry-led, and worked across the sector to identify innovative projects where partnership and support from academia could assist in unlocking potential for growth.
Progress to date and the impact on innovation has been significant. Since the initiative was launched in August 2014, with the support of the Scottish Funding Council, Textiles Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Interface, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise; TFF have invested over £1m into the Scottish textile sector.
Nine projects were awarded funding and support from Textiles Future Forum.
The nine projects awarded each addressed industry critical key thematic areas:
The TFF initiative concluded in August 2017. The focus in the sector now is to continue the innovation stimulation activity, to undertake market/technology foresighting, and to look at wider collaboration. This is being driven by the Industry Leadership Group, lead academics, and sector support agencies.
TFF supported the Scottish Textile Industry Strategy to be a world-class textiles sector, making a genuine impact on the Scottish economy; growing jobs, companies, and our standing on the global stage. The TFF initiative was far-reaching, promoting across the entire textile supply chain, from the traditional design-led and textiles-based, through to the more technical disciplines (including architecture and construction, marine and coastal applications, healthcare and medical applications). This was underpinned by the cross-discipline approach to innovation within the sector.
Gillian Wishart was the TFF Programme Manager, accountable for the direction of TFF in support of the over-arching strategy of research and innovation; stakeholder engagement, PR and marketing, and management of the Innovation Challenge Fund and projects.