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  • 05-Jul-2018 2:39 PM | Kimberley White

    For the second year in a row BeFab Be Creative are delighted to be sponsoring a small business / creative with £300 of Fabric Printing.

    BeFab know all too well how hard it is being a small business. When they decided to begin their business, the aim was to make high-end digital fabric printing accessible to small designer makers. BeFab Be Creative support individuals to work smarter by keeping minimums low, with no set up fees. 

    The Edinburgh-based sisters BeFab Be Creative are looking to support a talented, capable and driven individual or business to give them a step up to create a collection or develop a project, whether that be Fashion, Textiles Design or Arts based.

    How do I apply?

    One: Design and then order a sample print on your chosen fabric here.

    Two: Fill in the application here.


    Completed Applications must be received by 31st July 2018.

    BeFab Be Creative's decision will be made and announced by the 10th August and £300 of printing must be used within 6 months of award being announced.

    More details here.

  • 22-Jun-2018 11:09 AM | Kimberley White

    Twenty of Scotland’s most talented, innovative and ambitious entrepreneurs will start the first Unlocking Ambition Challenge to find Scotland’s next business success story, including Joan Johnston of Bespoke Fabrics.

    Unlocking Ambition aims to follow the success and impact of Scottish companies such as Brewdog and SkyScanner - businesses that have grown to an international scale and whose leaders are committed to supporting other companies reach similar achievements.

    The Unlocking Ambition Challenge is a £4 million fund created by the Scottish Government that will support entrepreneurs chosen for their individual potential, the quality of their ideas and the contribution they can make to the Scottish economy and wider society.

    The first twenty candidates to receive Unlocking Ambition support were announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon while visiting Cumnock during a travelling cabinet to East Ayrshire. The group will receive support from Scottish Enterprise, a mentoring programme from Entrepreneurial Scotland, access to the GlobalScot network and help from the Scottish Investment Bank.

    Please see original article here.

  • 14-Jun-2018 3:36 PM | Kimberley White

    Johnstons of Elgin have been awarded the GOLD Investors in Young People [IIYP] Good Practice Award. IIYP is the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people. Now IIYP-accredited for the second time, this prestigious gold accreditation represents the brand’s true commitment to training, developing and employing young people.

    In recent years, Johnstons of Elgin has heavily invested in establishing opportunities for young people at the organisation and this includes the launch of their Modern Apprenticeship programme. Already over 100 employees have successfully completed an apprenticeship, with more employees in training.

    Simon Cotton, Chief Executive commented: “We are incredibly proud that Johnstons of Elgin has been awarded for its unwavering commitment to the training and employment of young people. Receiving this Gold commendation demonstrates how important youth employment is to our business and we are thrilled that our efforts in this area have once again been recognised”.

    Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Remarkable (the home for Investors in Young People), said: “Huge congratulations to Johnstons of Elgin on their very well-deserved Investors in Young People Gold award. From their engagement with schools, helping pupils to reach positive destinations, to their in-house apprenticeship programmes and technical training school, Johnstons of Elgin’s youth employment practices are truly inspirational. It’s fantastic to see their clear commitment to growing, developing and nurturing their own talent."

    The 220-year-old cashmere and tweed specialist, noted for their strong focus on creating employment and training opportunities, received the award this June on behalf of its teams of employees which now totals more than 1000 and commends the company’s fundamental purpose of striving to nurture enthusiasm in young staff and redefining mastery.

    Johnstons of Elgin becomes the first cashmere brand in Scotland, the first organisation in Moray, where it employs around 700 employees, and, the first organisation in Hawick, where it employs around 280 employees, to achieve the Investors in Young People Gold Accreditation.

  • 11-Jun-2018 9:36 AM | Kimberley White

    UK Fashion & Textile Association is delighted to announce that Laurian Davies, International Business Manager at UKFT, has been appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Young Fashion Entrepreneurs and Exporters.

    The award was made in recognition of Laurian’s work in helping designers and brands over a period of more than 38 years.

    With Laurian’s help, encouragement and infectious enthusiasm for the fashion industry, thousands of designers and brands have started their export business at exhibitions and trade missions around the world. She has also worked with a huge number of freelance designers helping them protect their designs and to understand the value of their creativity, enabling them to turn their passion into a living.

    Laurian Davies said of her award: “I am surprised and delighted to have been awarded an MBE. It’s wonderful to help young designers to find their place in our ever-changing industry; talking them through the possible pitfalls and helping them to grow. They don’t all necessarily go on to be household names, but their contribution to the UK economy is immense. I’ve calculated that I’ve travelled over 500,000 miles so far on my journey to export British fashion and textiles and it still gives me a massive buzz to see our companies writing orders!”

    Nigel Lugg, Chairman of UKFT, said ‘Laurian has a passion for helping fashion companies make a success of exporting and for sharing her knowledge and experience. I am thrilled that her dedication to the industry has been recognised’’

    For further information please contact:

    Adam Mansell: adam.mansell@ukft.org

  • 31-May-2018 12:26 PM | Kimberley White

    On May 22nd, pupils from schools in Clyde Valley and Dumfries and Galloway celebrated their completion of the first ever Material World Go4SET programme designed to launch them into stellar careers in the Scottish Textiles Industry in science, technology, engineering, arts or maths (STEAM). The Material World Go4SET competition Celebration and Assessment Day was held at The Trades Hall, Glasgow and pupils got the chance to showcase their hard work to a panel of expert judges including Jaki Love and Kimberley White of the Textiles Scotland team, plus guests from industry, members of the Incorporations and the pupils’ families.

    Pupils from St Paul’s High School, Our Lady’s High School (Motherwell), Trinity Academy (Renfrew), Holycross High School, St Peter the Apostle High School, St John Ogilvie High School and Dumbarton Academy attended the competition. Prizes awarded on the day included Best Teamwork, won by Our Lady’s High School, the Pupils’ Choice Award, which went to St John Ogilvie High School and the Innovation Award won by Dumbarton Academy. The judges awarded the overall prize to Holycross High School for producing the most thoughtful project and professional report. The team will now go on to compete in the National Final on the 6th June at Glasgow City Chambers.

    John McFadyen, Langholm Academy, “Go4SET allows pupils to work together on a specific project to gain industry experience.” John was particularly impressed about the ‘cross-curricular’ nature of the programme. “It’s a great competition which makes pupils aware of the current trends in STEAM”, said Ms Steinert, an Art and Design teacher from Our Lady’s High School.

    The Go4SET competition encourages S2 pupils to “go for it!” and pursue further education, apprenticeships or careers in science, engineering and technology, getting them out of the classroom and giving them first-hand experience of the workplace. For 10 weeks, 12–14 year olds work in teams of six with an industry mentor on STEAM-themed projects based around real-world problems that need solving, from environmental issues to finance and technology. The term STEAM is used to indicate that Arts or art-practices engage with the STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

    Material World Go4SET teams are the first to be paired with mentors from the textiles industry, and the programmes aim was to showcase the diverse applications of STEAM skills in textiles businesses. The organisations supporting this year’s teams were our members Alex Begg, FTS Dyers, Jack Ellis; and Terumo Aortic, W. L. Gore,  and Elliott’s Shed.

    The Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation sponsored the programme as well as the development of the Material World online resource. Fiona Godsman, Trustee of the Foundation, said: ‘It is important for educators to show students the links between STEAM and industry; and the Textiles Industry is a great example to feature and very relevant to the West of Scotland. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths is all around us and, as has been demonstrated to the students, has an integral part to play in the design and manufacturing of Textiles.” All of the companies supporting the schools through the Material World programme have strong technical and science elements which the students witnessed through a site visit to the company.

    Fiona concluded by saying; “The Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation are delighted to support the Material World Go4SET programme across the West of Scotland, challenging young people to think about their futures and the STEAM careers available to them”

    In 2016-17 EDT Scotland successfully reached 23% of all Scottish secondary schools and engaged over 3,500 young people through a range of industry-led projects. Over 80% of Go4SET students said the project had made a difference to their enjoyment of science, and 70% said they would consider further education in STEM as a result of taking part. On Tuesday one student even commented that they have changed their career choice from surgeon to fashion designer once she realised that the role involves STEM.

    Helen Anderson, Scotland Director for competition-organisers EDT, said: “Textiles continue to play a key role in the Scottish manufacturing sector and I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to showcase the industry and paths into further study and future careers throughout this project. By utilising scientific and creative skills these teams have shown just how important STEAM is to encouraging innovation, creativity and problem-solving.”

    “Go4SET encourages young people of today to be the engineers and scientists of tomorrow. It also helps them develop skills in team working, communication, report writing and problem solving – all essential skills in today’s world of work”.

    Go4SET is a national programme which is part of the Engineering Development Trust’s continuum of programmes aimed at stimulating young people’s interest in STEM at a key stage in their education.

  • 24-May-2018 1:56 PM | Kimberley White

    The annual Inverness-based XpoNorth festival is Scotland's leading creative industries festival, with this year's edition taking place across the 27th and 28th of June 2018. 

    A hot-bed of creative activity, the conference and showcase takes place over two exciting and energising days and nights in the Highland capital. The only festival of its kind in Scotland covering crafts, fashion and textiles; writing and publishing; screen and broadcast; digital and technology and music, XpoNorth is a unique event in the UK's cultural calendar.

    Our Director, Jaki Love, will be chairing two panel discussions:

    1. Industry Insights: The World of Fashion and Craft Buyers

    Time: 2:15 - 3:45

    Date: Day 2, 28th June

    Venue: Studio 2, Eden Court

    Speakers: Kathy Shenoy, Commissions Project Manager at The New Craftsmen, Laurian Davies, International Business Development at UKFTAlex Munden, Photographer / Filmmaker, Brits around the World 

    Chair: Jaki Love, Director of Textiles Scotland

    Join industry experts for a workshop giving insights into the world of the fashion and craft markets.

    ShowTalk with Laurian Davies, UKFT and Alex Munden, Brits around the World.

    Overseas trade shows are still the route to market for fashion and textile designers and brands. The right exhibition will give you the exposure you need and the opportunity to meet potential retail and online buyers and agents.

    This session will cover which exhibition is right for you and how to get accepted, pre-show preparation and what buyers really want.

    2. The Power of Made in Scotland

    Time: 3:50 - 4:45

    Date: Day 2, 28th June

    Venue: Studio 2, Eden Court

    Speakers: Joan Johnston, Director of Bespoke Fabrics, and Jaki Love, Director of Textiles Scotland

    This session will explore trends and new market research findings surrounding the importance and power of the 'Made in Scotland' label.

    Join us and a whole host of creative heads from Scotland at XPo North on the 27th and 28th June.

    Register here.

  • 15-May-2018 4:55 PM | Kimberley White

    The Climate Change Levy was introduced as an energy tax payable by all business. However, some industrial sectors were offered a rebate in the Levy in return for agreeing to specific energy reduction targets.

    For the textile industry the wet processing sector (dyeing, printing coating and associated drying and finishing activities) along with spinning, weaving and knitting (and other similar processes) are eligible for the discount.

    UKFT have administered the CCL rebate scheme for the sector for over 15 years and on average companies are currently saving over £20,000 a year, but for large companies the savings can be over £100,000 a year.

    However, the discount scheme will be closed to new entrants at the end of the year and at the same time the Climate Change Levy rates will rise significantly from April 2019 – up 45% for electricity and 67% for gas. This will obviously see a rise in energy costs bills for members.

    If you are a dyer/printer/spinner/weaver or knitter and you are not currently claiming the CCL discount please get in touch ASAP with Adam Mansell at UKFT info@ukft.org.

  • 14-May-2018 4:09 PM | Kimberley White

    Are you a Scottish textile company committed to adapting and evolving your business? Are you looking to embed innovation across your people, products and processes? If so, Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland have introduced a new ‘Textiles Connector’ service, following extensive consultation with the Scottish Textile Industry Leadership Group.

    Companies who have ambitious growth plans can submit an online enquiry and the Textile Connector will assist them to find the most appropriate business, innovation, and skills support available in Scotland. The service will encourage businesses to be become more innovative, to seek to develop their workforce and to ensure that the Scottish textile sector is able to take advantage of future global market opportunities.

    For businesses based in the Scottish Enterprise region, please visit SE textiles connector and for businesses based in the Highlands & Islands region, please visit HIE textile connector for further information.

  • 26-Apr-2018 3:46 PM | Kimberley White

    Murray Hogarth, like many others, are bursting at the seams with excitement in the lead up to the royal wedding. 

    To mark the occasion they are pleased to announce the design of their very own Hogarth British royal wedding scarf in royal navy blue.

    The special design has been hand drawn in-house by the talented Hogarth design team here in the UK and has been designed exclusively to celebrate the much-anticipated wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

    It has been woven in a cotton and silk blend so as to be lightweight and perfect for those bright summer days and celebrations in the sun. Available for a limited time only, they are expected to be snapped up quick as the nation gear up for the occasion of year.

    The print combines iconic British landmarks with classic USA stars and stripes, with a royal splash of red, white and blue to nod to the start of our British summer time. 

    Pick up your own exclusive scarf here and mark the occasion together with Hogarth.


  • 19-Apr-2018 3:28 PM | Kimberley White

    Laura Spring has been selected as the British Council Helsinki Design Resident for 2018.

    Laura has recently been researching an ancient Finnish weaving technique known as täkänä. She first discovered täkänä by accident back in 2015 whilst on a residency in Finland. Instantly drawn to the graphic aesthetics of the designs she saw in the old catalogues she discovered at a flea market, Laura was excited to find further parallels with her own work once she began further research into the technique. Thanks to Creative Scotland funding received last year, Laura was able to return to Finland and carry out a thorough period of research into the technique by visiting archives and meeting various experts in this field.

    Laura has been interested in Helsinki for many years due to a huge interest and love for Finnish textiles and design. Her täkänä research took her back to Finland several times in the past three years, but visits to Helsinki were always brief. Laura is excited to finally be able to spend a period of time based in Helsinki and build on the connections and conversations she began in those previous visits. 

    The Design Residency appealed to Laura as the theme of this year’s call (‘Arranging practice: Proximity, distance, instance’) resonated with her thinking as a designer. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to allow her the necessary time and space to further develop her täkänä based work reflecting on its cultural context as well as considering the balance and working methods within her own creative practice.

    Laura hopes to spend time researching successful contemporary design practices in Helsinki, asking questions regarding the importance of location, collaboration and how they define their practice. This will enable her to reflect and consider her own approaches to creating work, to consider the balance between hand-made and batch-produced and the importance of a collaborative approach to design. Laura also intends to further her research into täkänä to allow for exciting new outcomes for her work.

    Laura will take up her residency in Helsinki from 14 - 27 May and 13 August - 18 September 2018.

    This year, for the first time, British Council have also selected a Finnish designer in residence; Laura will be working alongside Elina Laitinen.

    Textiles Scotland look forward to hearing about how their respective research projects evolve.

    You can read Laura Spring's Member of the Moment interview here.

    Original article here

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