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  • 10-Dec-2019 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    Craft Scotland has revealed the designers and makers selected to be showcased at Collect, the international art fair for modern craft and design from Thursday 27 February to Sunday 1 March 2020.

    Craft Scotland for the first time will have its own dedicated gallery space making it a real focal point of Collect 2020; showcasing covetable artworks in silversmithing & goldsmithing, furniture making, ceramics, textiles and blacksmithing. A mixture of established artists and exciting new craft talent, the eight makers selected represent some of the most celebrated makers working in Scotland today.

    Following a rigorous selection process, one of the eight chosen is Araminta Campbell, who is a member of Textiles Scotland part of UKFT and creates textile work which takes inspiration from Scotland’s landscape to create carefully sourced hand woven pieces.

    The other makers chosen include Daniel Freyne, Hamish Dobbie, Angus Ross, Jonathan Wade, Mella Shaw, Naomi McIntosh and Rhona McCallum.

    Speaking ahead of the show Craft Scotland Director, Irene Kernan said: “We are delighted to be returning to Collect in 2020 as with every year the reputation of the Craft Scotland showcase grows. Last year saw significant acquisitions of Scottish craft by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the National Museum of Northern Ireland. We look forward to championing the work of these eight Scotland-based makers whose craft embraces experimental techniques and innovative materials and plays with scale and perceptions of materiality. It’s these qualities married to an ambition to push the boundaries of their work that makes Scottish craft so highly sought after at events like Collect. With sales averaging £30,000 across the four days of the event in recent years we hope the makers will enjoy financial benefits as well as professional ones.”

    Jessica Bonehill, Creative Industries Officer (Crafts), Creative Scotland said: “Showcasing Scottish work at Somerset House this year will highlight craft as one of Scotland’s strengths. The ambitious and thoughtful work selected represents the innovative ways makers in Scotland are re-imagining their fields and enriching our understanding of what it means to make craft today.”

  • 21-Nov-2019 2:36 PM | Anonymous

    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.

    For more information contact: info@textilescotland.com

  • 13-Nov-2019 4:55 PM | Anonymous

    The Department for International Trade (DIT) is inviting UK-based companies to register their interest to submit exhibits as part of the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

    The exhibition will cover the UK’s history, key influencers, how we collaborate with other nations, and the future innovations in areas such as AI, Space, Robotics, education and R&D, telling the story of the UK from 1851 through to 2050. It will feature the UK’s world-class products and services, such as UK fashion and textiles, which will be viewed by the general public at the event, as well as global business leaders, senior government officials, celebrities and VIPs.

    Expo 2020 Dubai will be held for 173 days, seven days a week, featuring 192 country pavilions and 60 live shows daily. It will be the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Expo 2020 is expected to attract 25 million visits, with 70% of visitors projected to come from outside the UAE.

    Find out more about the UK Pavilion here.

    Specific exhibition requirements

    The exhibition will sit in a number of vitrines which are display cabinets at hip height. Visitors are looking through glass into the vitrines as they walk up and down the maze.

    DIT is looking for contributions in the following formats that align with its themes:

    • Case study and imagery
    • Video content
    • Audio recordings
    • AR asset
    • Physical asset (maximum size allowed is 2m (length) x0.8m (width) x1m (drop)

    Please take into account regional requirements as well. The exhibition will be outside with warm temperatures (up to 50ºC) and the exhibition will be in English and Arabic.

    If you are interested in this opportunity, DIT would like to find out a bit more about what your company has to offer. Deadline for initial interest is 20 November 2019.

    Register your interest here.

  • 25-Oct-2019 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    Textiles Scotland, now part of UKFT, is undertaking a review of a range of National Occupational Standards for the UK fashion and textile industry, covering Manufacturing Sewn Products, Manufacturing Textile Products and Footwear, Leathergoods and Leather Production.

    National Occupational Standards (NOS) are the recognised standards that our industry works and trains by. They provide the foundation content of qualifications, training, apprenticeships and professional development across the UK.

    NOS are developed and reviewed by employers from across the industry to ensure they keep pace with changing industry needs. The last review of the standards took place in 2015 and we now urgently need to bring them up to-date and in line with industry practice.

    To this end, UKFT are leading a series of review meetings with employers across the four nations and conducting this online, open consultation.

    The open consultation is the chance for you to influence the standards and provide reassurance on whether they are fit for purpose as they are, or if they need to be changed.

    To complete the consultation, you will need to follow the link below and fill out the online survey. But please note, you do not need to read and comment on all the NOS units! We’re only asking you to read and comment on the ones that are relevant for you and your business. The deadline for feedback is 15 November.

    The documents should be self-explanatory, but if you have any questions please feel free to contact john.west@ukft.org or Celia.thornley@ukft.org.

    Please complete the relevant consultation below.

    Manufacturing Textile Products

    Manufacturing Sewn Products

    Footwear, Leathergoods & Leather Production

  • 23-Oct-2019 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    A no deal Brexit does remain a possibility, although the political environment and timing remains changeable. Textiles Scotland, part of UKFT, is inviting companies to join a webinar on 28 October or register to receive a free Brexit guidance checklist.

    The webinar and the UKFT Brexit Checklist provide companies with the information they need to plan for the impact of a no deal. The webinar will also allow companies to explore the various alternative outcomes and the impact they might have on fashion and textile businesses.

    Get the Checklist here.

    Register for the webinar here.

  • 10-Oct-2019 9:03 AM | Anonymous

    UKFT is holding FREE events in Scotland over the coming weeks to provide practical Brexit advice and support for UK fashion and textile businesses.

    Register for the FREE events using the following links:

    22 October: Edinburgh

    22 October: Hawick

    UKFT will outline the actions that companies should be taking to minimise disruption to trade, with a chance to ask questions on specific issues that affect their business. The events will cover both exporting to the EU and importing from the EU. UKFT will provide an update on the latest developments regarding:

    • Export Paperwork
    • Samples (Bringing in or taking out)
    • Export Tariffs
    • Import Tariffs
    • Outward Processing Relief (OPR)
    • Common Transit Convention
    • VAT (for importing or exporting)
    • CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)
    • Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP)
    • Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
    • Labelling
    • REACH regulations
    • Standards
    • People & Workers’ Rights
    • Intellectual Property, Copyright and Trademarks
    • Public Procurement

    There will be a webinar on 28 October 2019: more details to be announced shortly.

    The seminars are part of a series of series of FREE events across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. These include:

    14 October: London

    16 October: Huddersfield

    21 October: Belfast

    21 October: London

    23 October: Northampton

    23 October: Manchester

    24 October: Cardiff

    24 October: Leicester

    25 October: Gateshead

     “There has been a glut of information on how businesses can prepare for the UK leaving the European Union but these events and resources have been developed specifically for the UK fashion and textile industry encompassing the key things our businesses need to know,” said Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT. “We want to reach as many firms as possible to ensure we minimise disruption for our industry and it is ready to exploit any new opportunities leaving the EU may bring.”

  • 08-Oct-2019 10:02 AM | Anonymous

    Today the government has extended the list of fashion and textile products that will attract an import duty in the event of a no deal Brexit. The original list was published in March 2019 comprising 97 tariff lines and today this has been extended to 140, covering more product categories such as jumpers and extending the existing men’s and boys’ products into those for women and girls.

    Previously the list covered items such as men’s and boys’ jackets and it now includes women’s and girls’ jackets, as well as women’s trousers and women’s blouses. In some cases, the fibre type has been extended so originally the tariffs would only apply to women’s pyjamas made of cotton and manmade fibres but this has been extended to a wider range of fibre types.

    The temporary tariff regime will apply for 12 months.

    The government said it has made revisions to ensure that the preferential access to the UK market currently available to developing countries (compared to other countries) is maintained. It said the changes would enable UK supply chains to continue to operate smoothly and keep prices down for consumers.

    Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT, said: “Whilst we recognise the need to protect imports from countries covered by the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) which includes countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan, announcing these changes 23 days before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union leaves businesses with very little time to prepare. In the event of a no deal, it does nothing to help UK exporters which are facing an additional tariff bill of £870m when selling into Europe.”

    If the product to be imported to the UK is not on the list below, there will be no duty for the next 12 months. Products on the list below imported from countries covered by the GSP scheme will attract no duty either.

    The full list can be viewed here.

  • 03-Oct-2019 3:13 PM | Anonymous

    Exports of a range of fashion and textile products from the UK to the USA will be hit with a 25% tariff as part of the ongoing dispute between the USA and the EU over subsidies granted to both Boeing and Airbus.

    The list of products that will be facing a 25% tariff includes cashmere jumpers, anoraks, swimwear and bed linen. This is in addition to the normal duties which will apply.

    The USA has threatened to introduce the tariffs as early as October 17 2019. It has been confirmed that these tariffs will apply even if the UK leaves the European Union with or without a deal.

    Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT, has called on both sides to resolve the 15-year old trade dispute as quickly as possible.

    “At a time when the industry is facing huge uncertainty over the impact of Brexit, it is devastating that one of our key non-EU markets has imposed such significant tariffs on products that have nothing to do with the aircraft dispute,” said Mansell. “Some of our leading manufacturers will be hit by theses punitive tariffs and that will undoubtedly affect jobs and investment.”

    Simon Cotton, chief executive of Johnstons of Elgin, the largest manufacturer cashmere knitwear in the UK, and a board member of UKFT, said these tariffs will have a significant impact on the UK knitwear industry.

    “The US is our third largest export market behind Europe and Japan,” he said. “This will have major impact on our knitwear business, as well as the whole of the UK knitwear industry. The US consumer has a great affinity with British high-quality knitwear and we urge all parties involved to come to an agreement quickly for the sake of British manufacturers and US consumers.”

    The Department for International Trade (DIT) said in a statement: “The UK government is clear that resorting to tariffs is not in the interests of the UK, EU or US. We are working closely with the US, EU and European partners to support a negotiated settlement to the Airbus and Boeing disputes.

    “We are also seeking confirmation from the WTO that the UK has complied fully with WTO rulings regarding support to Airbus, and should not be subject to tariffs.”

    UKFT is working closely with the Department for International Trade regarding the latest developments and will update its guidance in due course.

    Read the full details of the tariffs on products sold to the USA here.

  • 03-Oct-2019 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    Don’t miss your chance to register for events taking place next week to review a range of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Modern Apprenticeships for the fashion and textile industry.

    Employers and stakeholders in Scotland are meeting in Glasgow on Tuesday 8 October to review the Footwear, Leathergoods & Leather Production NOS and on Wednesday 9 October to review the Manufacturing Textiles Products NOS.

    The review of these crucial benchmark industry standards will ensure that the qualifications meet changing industry needs.

    To register your interest in attending this events, please contact skillsandtraining@ukft.org

    Later this month, there will be a separate event in Edinburgh to review the Manufacturing Sewn Products NOS review / Modern Apprenticeship in Bespoke Cutting & Tailoring on Wednesday 30 October.

    Read more details below:

    Footwear, Leathergoods & Leather Production NOS review

    Date: Tuesday 8 October

    Location: MacRoberts LLP, Capella, 60 York St, Glasgow G2 8JX

    Manufacturing Textiles Products NOS review

    Date: Wednesday 9 October

    Location: MacRoberts LLP, Capella, 60 York St, Glasgow G2 8JX

    Manufacturing Sewn Products NOS review / Modern Apprenticeship in Bespoke Cutting & Tailoring

    Date: Wednesday 30 October

    Location: IoD Scotland, 10 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR

    Please find below details of the standards to be reviewed.

    Footwear, Leathergoods and Leather Production

    Manufacturing Textile Products

    Manufacturing Sewn Products

    Ahead of the meeting, please could you take some time to identify the areas that would be most of interest to you using the documents below and return via email.

    Footwear, Leathergoods & Leather Production

    Manufacturing Textile Products

    Manufacturing Sewn Products

    PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to participate in these face-to-face meetings, you can still get involved by completing the online consultation sites for the review of the NOS suites. The details of the online consultation will be published shortly.

  • 01-Oct-2019 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    Textiles Scotland, part of UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), is urging Scottish fashion and textile companies to help collate an industry response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s call for evidence on a Salary Threshold and Points-Based System.


    The call for evidence asks for individuals and organisations to contribute to enable the Government to define the future system of salary thresholds and the level at which they could be set.

    The existing salary to be paid for an occupation is set at the 25th percentile of the full-time earnings distribution measured using ASHE, or £30,000, whichever is higher but this leads to a wide range of thresholds depending on the occupation and there are a number of exceptions. Read more here.

    In September 2018, the Migration Advisory Committee published its report looking at EEA migrants in the UK. Within this report the MAC made a range of recommendations for the future immigration system including the recommendation to “Maintain existing salary thresholds for all migrants under Tier 2 (General)”.

    UKFT believes that the existing salary threshold of £30,000 is too high for vital roles in our industry such as sewing machinists and weavers.

    In the December 2018 White Paper on the UK’s future skills-based immigration system, the Government accepted most of the MAC’s recommendations, but the salary threshold recommendation was only partially accepted. The Government is engaging with businesses and employers as to what level salary thresholds should be set at.

    In its commissioning letter to the MAC, the Government has now asked the MAC to further look into the issue of salary thresholds. The commission sets out a range of potential options when setting a threshold for the MAC to consider including a single minimum threshold with some flexibility, a going rate for roles or a combination of the two.

    UKFT chief executive Adam Mansell said: “We are encouraging all businesses who rely on talented overseas workers to take this opportunity to make their voices heard by the Government about the true impact that these changes could have on their workforce and businesses.

    “Our online template features key questions from the call for evidence and should only take around 5 minutes to complete but will be essential in representing the effect of changes to the migration policy on our sector.”

    The survey is available here and UKFT will be submitting the responses to the Committee on behalf of the industry.

    The deadline for responses is 11th October. If you have any further questions, please email Tara.Hounslea@ukft.org or call 0207 843 9460.

    More details on the call for evidence are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/salary-threshold-and-points-based-system-pbs-commission-call-for-evidence.

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