Two free seminars on how the British textile industry is increasing competitiveness though communication, collaboration and the pragmatic use of technology will be held next month.

Sponsored by the North West textiles network and the North West Advanced Apparel Systems Centre, the breakfast seminars will reveal strategies to boost sales and safeguard jobs.

Organisers say they will also show how suppliers can provide tighter delivery lead times, increase competitiveness and maximise profits all through better use of information technology.

Representatives from Manchester-based IT firm XeBusiness will give a talk on how collaboration and effective communication through IT gives the textile industry an unfair advantage over the competition.

The seminars will be held at Carrington Business Centre on October 8 and October 15, with further details available from David Cullis at XeBusiness on 0161 869 0430 or david.cullis@xebusiness.com.