Textiles Scotland and the industry wish CEO David Breckenridge a happy retirement.
David retires from the helm of Textiles Scotland after over 45 years in the textiles industry, working across the country in a variety of leadership roles.
On behalf of the industry we would like to thank David for his service and wish him health and happiness for the future.
David Breckenridge says:
"After 45 years in the textile industry it is a great wrench to be leaving behind that intense involvement but I am very confident that the sector, despite the many challenges it faces, remains a strong and vibrant component of Scottish economic and cultural life. That confidence is based upon the sheer amount of talent and creativity to be found in all our businesses both large and small and when that is allied to the knowledge and experience gained over many generations it makes for such a compelling proposition.
When I began working all those years ago for my local company, Glen Cree, based in the heart of Galloway, the world was a very different place and I have seen many changes throughout my subsequent working career at Peter MacArthur in Hamilton, as managing director at Alex Begg & Co in Ayr and then latterly as Chief Executive of Textiles Scotland. The industry has evolved over that time and although it may be much smaller than it was I believe that it will continue to prosper. Textiles Scotland will, I know, continue to support its members in every way possible and Jaki and Kym, with the formidable backing of the UK Fashion & Textile Association, will ensure that that the industry's unique place in Scottish life is not forgotten."
Textiles Scotland Director, Jaki Love, commented:
"The wealth of knowledge that David obtained through his many years working in the textile industry was invaluable. He shared this knowledge with me over the last 5 years and also provided a wealth of support for which I am incredibly grateful for. This knowledge also enabled Textiles Scotland to provide support to its 120+ members, be they were small micro businesses or the largest of Scottish manufacturers. David’s awareness that we needed to support those smaller businesses and to challenge and support them to grow so they themselves could be beneficial to the economic development of Scotland was key.
Taking up the gauntlet from David and securing a strong future for our industry is now our immediate goal. Support of the textiles sector is something we continue to strongly lobby the government for. We have strong ambitions for the sector and our focus sits with the industry set strategic goals, namely: Investment, Innovation, Internationalisation, Skills & Leadership. Innovation in particular provides new and transformational opportunities for our sector, whether it be in heritage fashion and interior textiles, medical textiles, wearable tech or aeronautical/automotive textiles. Calls to government to support companies in these transformational opportunities are ongoing – watch this space!"