Turkish manufacturer members of the Apparel Exporters Association who recently showed ranges at London's Olympia exhibition centre have vowed to make a return visit in January 2003.

The London event brought together 60 Turkish fabric producers to display their wares to UK buyers.

And while some complained that buyers were thinner on the ground than they hoped, the fact that teams from Marks & Spencer, Next and The Fielding Group were much in evidence suggests the organisers have got the timing and content right.

Last year British fabric and fashion buyers spent the equivalent of US1.2 billion on fabric and clothing imports from Turkey.

By Sonia Roberts.