Too many clothing and textile companies are failing to take advantage of Government aid available to them, according to the Department of Trade and Industry. The Government recently announced that more than £75m has been invested in the textile and clothing industry since 1997. Help for the industry has included capital funding, export support, technical development, research, skills development and training. Grants are also available to help companies become involved in e-commerce, but the Government has indicated that there is some disappointment in the level of take-up from businesses.