Globalisation is here to stay. It willnever be the total exodus prophesied by some industry gurus, but most suppliers to theUK's mainstream clothing manufacturers will be expected to offer an international service. In the last three or four years we haveseen a large section of the UK's garment manufacturers move at least some of theirproduction offshore to take advantage of the lower labour costs. While some have returneddisillusioned with poor quality and response, the majority have decided to runmultilateral production operations: using off-shore facilities for large, standard runsand UK-based operations for small runs, sudden demand contracts and premium qualitymerchandise. It has emerged that when response and quality are at a premium - UK is best.Or to be more accurate - local is best.