Textiles Scotland, part of UKFT, held the first meeting of the new Industry Leadership Group (ILG) this week at MacRoberts LLP in Glasgow. The ILG, which reflects the size and diversity of the fashion and textile industry in Scotland, exists to create a broad strategy for the industry in Scotland and act as an interface between the industry and government.
The ILG comprises Fiona Waldron of Heriot Watt University, menswear designer Kestin Hare, Jan Young of Barrie Knitwear, Simon Cotton of Johnstons of Elgin, Aidan Queen, Schofields Dyers & Finishers, James Lang of the Scottish Leather Group, James Dracup of Macnaughtons, Solli Brodie of BeFab Be Creative, Vixy Rae of Stewart Christie, Lorna Macaulay of Harris Tweed Authority, Jean-Christophe Granier of the Wilkie Group, Iain Laird of Begg and Co, Paul Walker of Walker Slater and Jan Young of Barrie Knitwear.
Simon Cotton, CEO of Johnstons of Elgin, was elected as chair of the group.
The ILG agreed to focus on developing an export strategy and a skills strategy that focuses on all aspects of the industry from manufacturing to design to the provision of education and training.
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