An initiative has been launched to try to protect what remains of the clothing industry in the East Midlands. And the East Midlands Development Association (EMDA) is hoping to secure Government backing for a £12m five-year plan to help the region's clothing industry. Despite factory closures and job losses, as many as 75,000 people are still employed in the clothing industry in the region - the largest concentration in the country. Cheap foreign imports, pressure on prices on the high street and the transfer of many manufacturing plants to low wage economies overseas, have led to large scale cuts and closures, however.