Scottish Textile News
Textile Scotland members can now benefit from a wide range of HR and employment support through being part of UKFT.
UKFT’s dedicated employment and HR experts provide assistance, advice and support to companies of all sizes, from small businesses to large retailers.
With years of employment relations experience in the fashion and textile industry at local and national level, UKFT can provide guidance on a range of issues including:
UKFT has considerable experience with regards to advising members on:
Members are able to access the following UKFT employment guides:
UKFT also provides its members with a series of draft policies to help ensure companies keep up to date with HR issues. UKFT draft policies are available on:
If you find yourself facing an Employment Tribunal, UKFT offers a special service to members. Our employment specialist will assist with any aspect of the procedure, including preparing initial documentation, taking witness statements and representation at the Tribunal. This service is chargeable in addition to your membership fee.
UKFT will also help members to write their own Company Handbook, geared specifically to their own circumstances and covering all the areas they deem important.
Historically, the industry has relied heavily on recruiting unpaid interns. However, the legal position concerning interns has now changed. It is the view of HMRC that an intern, over the age of 21, must be paid at least the national living wage.
It is therefore essential that if you are offering internships, you are aware of your legal obligations to your interns. UKFT’s sister organisation the British Fashion Council has produced a best practice guide on employing interns.
The National Agreement between UKFT and GMB and the sister one between UKFT and Community have been the cornerstone of industrial relations harmony in the industry for the best part of 100 years.
The Agreements are widely used also in non-unionised companies and also figure prominently in individual contracts of employment and statements of terms and conditions.
The HR and Employment service is available to non UKFT and Textile Scotland members on a fee basis. Additional fees may apply for Textile Scotland members subject to membership level.
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Textile Scotland members can now access the wealth of export experience available as part of the wider UKFT network. The UKFT export team can help you develop an export strategy, advise on which markets to enter, the right route to market and how present your collection in the best way to buyers.
As part of our export activities UKFT administers the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) export grant scheme. Grants are available at the following upcoming shows.
Our Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) is currently underway and UKFT will be off to Pitti Uomo in Florence next week with a record number of grant-supported UK menswear brands. The full programme can be viewed here and many events are now waiting list-only. There is still limited availability for:
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UKFT has a wealth of experience leading new and established fashion and textile exporters on their journey to international success. With support from the Department for International Trade (DIT), UKFT takes around 700 brands and companies to approximately 40 overseas tradeshows and showrooms each year, covering menswear, womenswear, childrenswear, lingerie, footwear, swimwear and accessories, plus home textiles, technical textiles and apparel textiles.
SEE US AT XPONORTH: Paul Alger UKFT’s director of international business and Adam Mansell CEO will be at XpoNorth talking about export opportunities for Scottish companies.
Leigh Bagley, a contemporary textile and pattern designer, has completed major arts project stretching across two buildings at the Stirling Health and Care Village – the GP and Minor Injuries Centre and the Bellfield Rehabilitation Centre.
Bagley, a member of Textile Scotland (now part of UKFT), developed a broad canvas including art walls, a suite of prints and additional 3D works, all with a focus on emotional health and wellbeing.
The first stage of the project involved the design and installation of nineteen new art walls and three large scale murals in the Bellfield Centre. The high impact and decorative interiors have been designed to evoke freshness, wellness and familiarity to the corridors, giving a sense of emotional comfort through colour. During the design process Bagley aimed to create environments that are both uplifting and soothing, which in turn aid in decreasing frustration and boredom in people with dementia.
For the second strand of the project, Bagley curated a contemporary collection of Limited Edition prints housed within the Healthcare village buildings. The artworks complement the aesthetic narrative of the mural and art wall spaces creating a visual dialogue as patients, staff and visitors navigate the interior. The artworks feature a variety of top artists and print designers including Scott Campbell, Diane Bresson, Rory Strudwick, Kitty McCall, Simon C Page, Ryan Hughes, Kevin Cleary, Hey Studio and many more.
A graduate of the renowned Royal College of Art in London, Bagley set up his textiles design studio in 2012 retailing as Limited Edition artwork.
“Through a highly contemporary approach I hope I have demonstrated how pattern, print and colour can be transformative and uplifting for both patients and visitors, challenging traditional approaches to art for public healthcare buildings,” he said. “I directly take influence from everyday surroundings and a love of modernist and abstract aesthetics.
Leigh is also a lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art, imparting his love of pattern and colour which enables him to share his knowledge for the benefit of future designers and makers.
Textile Scotland attended the official opening of The Centre of Excellence in Textiles in Hawick earlier this month, with Fergus Ewing, the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy. The centre, based in Hawick High School, has been developed to help address business critical skills issues in the textiles and knitwear sector in the Scottish Borders.
The first trainees are learning about hand finishing and machine skills to support skills demand for local textiles businesses. The growth and capacity of businesses has been curtailed by access to a skilled workforce as demand for Scottish Textiles worldwide increases.
The project is supported by a £610,000 government grant and championed by Skills Development Scotland. By working closely, the project partners and industry representatives want to ensure that the training provided through the Centre of Excellence is absolutely focused on delivering what the businesses need and provide apprenticeship opportunities to help people get long term employment within this growing sector.
Clive Brown, sales director of Hawick-based Barrie Knitwear, which is supporting and assisting training alongside Johnstons of Elgin, said: “The industry as a whole in the Scottish Borders is right behind this project, which will help provide school leavers and the unemployed with the basic skills across a range of areas to help them get jobs in the sector, as well as support existing employees with developing their skills further, including in leadership and management.
“Knitwear and textiles have moved on significantly in recent years and many of the businesses in the Scottish Borders are growing and need to bring new people into the industry. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to take the first step towards an exciting new career.”
Following the official opening, Fergus Ewing had a closed meeting with textile industry heads, Textile Scotland and Scottish Enterprise to hear their global aspirations and address their concerns for the textile sector.
Textile Scotland, part of UKFT, is currently developing a Scottish manufacturing skills strategy to support the wider textile industry in achieving their skilled workforce ambitions.
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Two Scottish textile manufacturers have won prestigious business awards in the same week, underlining the value of small-scale textiles businesses to the Scottish economy.
Digital fabric printer BeFab Be Creative won Scottish Small Business of the year at the Scottish SME Business Awards, while small batch producer Kalopsia Collective won Scottish Manufacturer of the year at the Business Insider Made in Scotland Awards.
At the heart of their business models, both BeFab Be Creative and Kalopsia, long-time collaborators, have small batch production, accessible manufacturing and the circular economy which promotes ethical and sustainable manufacturing process to help reduce waste.
Run by sisters Solli and Zoë Brodie (pictured above), BeFab Be Creative offers high-end digital fabric printing with minimums of just 50cm onto silk, British woven linen, and cotton for both custom printing as well as a range of 160 fabric designs from 12 talented British designers. The studio serves clients including Screen Scotland, The National Galleries, and Zandra Rhodes, as well as having printed suit linings for the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and the Phelps twins, of Harry Potter fame. It was established in 2012 with the intention of making high-end digital fabric printing as accessible for small designer-makers and interior designers as it is for larger brands.
Kalopsia Collective, which was also nominated for a number of other awards this year including Commercial business of the year and the Social Entrepreneur Award, offer white label, batch accessories and apparel manufacturing service “assemble” which makes ordering textiles products easier for their clients while reducing environmental impact. Kalopsia’s Clients include the V&A Dundee, Bauhaus, Creative Scotland and Kitty MacCall. Kalopsia Collective's Nina Falk and Adam Robertson are pictured at the the Made in Scotland awards below.
“Our ambition is to create for longevity, not landfill,” said director Solii Brodie, BeFab Be Creative. “We chose to work with reactive digital printing when we set up BeFab, as this has the best rub and light fastness on natural fabrics, which is important to us as we aim to help our designers create heirloom pieces, products and garments which will stand the test of time.
“At BeFab we aspire to put the same care an attention into the printing of our designers’ work, as they do into the creation of it. We work hard to make sure that every designer or artist we work with feels valued, whatever size their order is.”
Kalopsia Collective managing director Adam Robertson added: “Our aim is to raise awareness of ethical and sustainable textiles, including recycling all fabric cuttings and work closely with designers to ensure they are using products with the minimum environmental impact which our innovative ‘Assemble’ model has allowed us to do.”
Textile Scotland attended the National Economic Forum earlier this month to hear the Scottish government’s ambitions for Scottish exports, as part of plans to redevelop the association’s export strategy.
Exports were identified as a key priority for Textile Scotland, when it became part of UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) at the start of this year. The association is now starting to develop its strategy in light of the Scottish government’s ambitions for exporting from Scotland.
Launching the export plan in Edinburgh on 1st May, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Scottish economy growth rate has overtaken the UK.
“The target that we have adopted of exports accounting for 25% of our GDP in 10 years' time is both important and also ambitious,” she said.
“It would also be a very beneficial change. It would add more than 2% to the size of our economy and create in the region of 17,000 jobs.
“As a result of that, it would increase annual tax take – the money we can invest in public services and infrastructure – by an estimated £500 million a year.”
The proposals include around £20m of additional funding and support made available over the next three years. The additional fund would “target that support much more effectively than arguably we have before”, she said. It would be used to expand Scotland's international presence, trebling the number of trade envoys from four to 12 and helping companies grow existing exports and enter new markets.
Speaking to business delegates, she added: “All of us can play our part in helping our existing exporters to become even more successful and in encouraging new success stories to come into being.
“By doing so, we can ensure that internationalisation is a success story for Scotland's future as well as something that we continue to be proud of about Scotland's past and our heritage.”
Responding to the announcement, CBI Scotland director Tracy Black said: "Scotland has a proud exporting history yet we haven't kept pace with the progress made by other similar sized countries.
"To achieve the ambitious aim of boosting Scottish exports to 25% of our GDP by 2029, we need to ensure that existing resources are used as effectively as possible and to maintain a strong partnership between business, government and other stakeholders.”
Following recent consultation with textile industry leaders it was found the sector has aspirations for Scottish textiles to become synonymous with luxury, quality and innovation worldwide.
In response to this consultation and the launch of ‘A Trading Nation,’ Textiles Scotland, part of UKFT, is creating an ambitious plan to support the Scottish textile industry, enabling the sector to achieve its goals in exporting to the world.
Companies involved in the development include Johnstons of Elgin, Alex Begg, BeYonder, Deryck Walker, the Incorporation of Edinburgh Tailors, Savile Row Bespoke, Creative Scotland, Edinburgh College, Glasgow Clyde College and Heriot Watt University.
Most of the skills are carried out by hand in order to produce a garment that fits precisely to a customer’s requirements. Bespoke tailors and cutters have practical skills in bespoke garment manufacture and pattern construction.
This SVQ is based on the latest National Occupational Standards for Bespoke Cutting & Tailoring (compiled by employers) and is comprised of a mandatory Health and Safety unit supported by industry specific artisan hand craft skills and knowledge with a choice of specialising in either tailoring or cutting as a career path.
“The skills involved in bespoke tailoring cover a wide area of expertise that includes craft, technical, creative and design,” said UKFT skills and training manager John West.
“These skills are vital for the bespoke tailoring industry in Scotland and ultimately have to be employed with great precision, to high standards of excellence and within realistic time constraints. We are delighted that this means training centres in Scotland can now look to be accredited for delivery ready to meet demand from both industry and candidates alike.”
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The UK government has published details of which imports into the UK would be subject to new import tariffs if the UK leaves the EU under a ‘no deal’ scenario.
This list includes around 80 fashion products including jeans, T-shirts and men’s jackets, and a dozen other products including some gloves, bed linen and table linen. The average tariff rate for these 100 products will be 12%.
Details of the products and the tariff rates by 8 digit HS code can be found below.
UK Import Tariffs in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit
In the event that we leave without a deal almost all fashion and textile products will be able to enter the UK duty free.
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, you may need to pay different rates of customs duty (tariffs) on imports. These rates would only be applied if the UK were to leave the EU with no deal.
The import tariff schedule is only temporary and would last for 12 months from the date that we leave the EU without a deal.
The tariffs on imports would not apply to goods crossing from Ireland into Northern Ireland.
Currently, if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the UK government would not introduce any new checks or controls on goods at the land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
GSP/GSP+ and EBA
Countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal which currently get duty free access to the UK under GSP/EBA arrangements would not be subject to any import tariff.
Tariffs on Exports to the EU
In the event of a no deal all UK exports to the EU would be subject to a tariff. The average EU tariffs for our sector are 4% for yarn, 8% for fabric and 12% for clothing. Footwear and accessories such as handbags would have different tariffs.
Details of the tariffs that would apply to exports to the EU in the event of a no deal can be found below.
EU Tariff rates in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit
It is not yet clear whether the UK will leave the European Union with or without a deal. We do not currently know what a deal looks like but we do know what ‘no deal’ looks like and HM Government is attempting to prepare companies for that eventuality. UKFT is doing everything it can to make this process easier for fashion and textile exporters (and importers) by posting the most important documents and links here.
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Textiles Scotland and the University of Strathclyde have been awarded £10K of funding from Interface to explore the use of virtual and augmented reality to improve garment pattern design.
Through a funding call to boost innovation amongst business and academics in the creative industries, Textiles Scotland have collaborated with academics at the University of Strathclyde and successfully secured funding.
Virtual fitting and product customisation
Textiles Scotland and the University of Strathclyde are exploring the use of virtual and augmented reality to collect and analyse consumers’ biometric data and match it to garment patterns. The project will help tailors and bespoke manufacturers to increase efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction by customising clothing, maximising fit, and minimising garment adjustment time; thereby reducing material wastage.
Jaki Love, Director of Textiles Scotland, said:
“Innovation is key to the survival of the industry and this research will provide unique opportunities for our designers and manufacturers to create bespoke products for their customers and reduce waste. Being at the forefront of innovation and sustainability in textiles will put Scotland on the map as the place to source bespoke luxury fashion.”
Danny McMahon, who is leading the project at the university, said:
“The overall aim of the project is to understand people’s sizes and custom-make clothes to that size and shape.”
He added: “It has the potential to eradicate the problem of different store sizes and offers the possibility of moving away from standard sizes. It is about a more individual experience and customers having confidence that the clothes they buy can fit.”
Howell Davies, Sector Engagement Project Manager at Interface, said:
“Funding collaborations like these can bring about really positive solutions to a range of businesses [and] supply chains ... leading to positive impacts on the economy and environment. We’re really excited by these latest projects and look forward to seeing the outcomes.”
A new Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) for bespoke cutting and tailoring has been developed, which aims to preserve the artisan skills required for the production of tailored garments.
UKFT and Textiles Scotland have worked with the industry to develop a qualification which combines the heritage of tailoring training with key production skills and cutting practices.
This month the SQA Accreditation Co-ordination Group (ACG) agreed to approve the SCQF Credit Rating and Qualifications Products for the new SVQ in Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring at SCQF Level 6.
The new SVQ will now be developed and offered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority Awarding Body and for the first time in Scotland will provide an overview of the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for the production of tailored garments.
“These skills are vital for the bespoke tailoring industry in Scotland and ultimately have to be employed with great precision, to high standards of excellence and within realistic time constraints.”
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