Textiles Scotland (STLA) is pleased to announce that the management of the company will be taken over by UKFT, effective 1 January 2019, following a unanimous vote by STLA members and lengthy discussions between the two organisations.
Textiles Scotland and UKFT have strong historical links and the move provides new opportunities for Scottish companies by being part of a wider network while retaining a national, Scottish focus.
The Textiles Scotland branding will be continued, as will the Scottish focus of the activities, support and government lobbying.
From 1 January 2019, existing Textiles Scotland members will be transferred to a new company called UKFT Scotland.
UKFT Scotland (Textiles Scotland) will join the main UKFT board and UKFT CEO Adam Mansell will join the Scottish Industry Leadership Group.
UKFT will be working with the industry to develop a new membership offer that will help Textiles Scotland become a self-sustaining organisation, including using its expertise to develop an export strategy and a skills strategy for Scottish members.
James Lang, Chairman of Textiles Scotland, said:
“UKFT’s commitment to working with the industry to deliver our current plan of activity, while plugging into a wider textiles, fashion and leather network makes it a perfect partner for Textiles Scotland. This new partnership allows us to focus on high-value growth opportunities in international markets and adopt an industry-wide approach, which is genuinely committed to innovation and best practice to ensure future success.”
Nigel Lugg, Chairman of UKFT, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Textiles Scotland into the wider UKFT community and look forward to expanding our support services to address the needs of our new Scottish members, focused on leadership, innovation, internationalisation, skills and investment. This transaction will ensure that Scottish companies have a national and international voice and significantly furthers our aim of creating a highly profitable and productive UK fashion and textiles industry.”
UKFT’s members include some of the UK’s most well-known fashion and textile brands, heritage success stories and emerging designer labels, alongside the manufacturers and suppliers that turn those designs into a reality.
Like the businesses it represents, UKFT has transformed in recent years to meet the demands of today’s vibrant, dynamic industry and the most important task for UKFT and UKFT Scotland is to ensure that the right environment is created for the fashion and textile sector to thrive for many years to come.
Furthermore, after five years as the Scottish Textiles Industry Leadership Group Chairman, James Lang will be stepping down from his post. A successor will be confirmed in the new year.
Textiles Scotland would like to thank all members for their continuous support over the years, and look forward to providing them with extended resources under the banner of UKFT Scotland.
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