British clothing and textile manufacturers are being given the opportunity next week to hear how the sector's regional business leaders are working to help them and just what is being done on their behalf.

An Industry Forum is being organised by The East Midlands' Clothing and Textile Partnership (EMCAT) and will take place at the Nottinghamshire International Clothing Centre on Friday October 20th.

National and European lobbyists, politicians, regional and industry champions will discuss how the issues and rapid changes faced by the industry are affecting local companies. They will also be reporting on how they are working to support this vital regional sector.

MEPs Nick Clegg, Roger Helmer and Phillip Whitehead plus Tim McNamara, EU Commission, will be sharing the views of Brussels.
Local MPs Judy Mallaber (chair of the All Party Parliamentary Clothing & Textiles Group) and the Rt Hon. Ken Clarke will report on the views of the UK's parliamentarians.

John Wilson, director of the British Apparel and Textiles Confederation, has been asked to detail the work of the national Strategy Group (TCSG), which is working with the DTI.

Finally, EMDA chairman, Derek Mapp will be updating the Forum on the outcome of its national lobbying, EMDA's role for the region, and its future support for the sector.

Most importantly, there will be plenty of opportunity for hundreds of local companies to share their views. EMCAT chairman, Tony Langford, will be summing up the collective view of the meeting and ensuring that new ideas or pointers for the sector are shared as widely as possible.

Jeff Scrivner, chief executive of NADCAT, the organisation co-ordinating the event says: "This forum represents a genuine opportunity for the East Midlands clothing and textile companies to have their opinions heard and to share their views with some of the most influential and responsible people in Europe.

"All manufacturers have a choice. They can either do nothing or can they can get involved . . . we at EMCAT will be taking full advantage of this occasion."

Anyone who is interested in attending the meeting should call NADCAT on 01623 440 612 for more information.