A trade group representing hundreds of textile and fashion companies in the centre of the UK has given itself a makeover.

The Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Clothing and Textiles Association (Nadcat) has become a subsidiary of the new East Midlands Clothing and Textiles Association (Emtex) and will be relaunched by Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt in the near future.

Nadcat, and a new sister organisation, the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Clothing and Textiles Association (Lencat), will continue to represent members in their respective areas, while Emtex will be their parent organisation, co-ordinating support for the industry across the region.

Nadcat chief executive Jeff Scrivner said: "This amalgamation of sector organisations will play a significant role in coordinating and focusing support for the region. Manufacturers already see Nadcat's approach as positive.

"It is warmly received and its real expertise makes a difference at grass roots level. Over the past two years we have seen thousands of job losses in the region mainly through the M&S calamity. The main losers were major Plcs with employers such as Coats Viyella and Courtaulds very hard hit.

"We are now looking at a totally different picture; entrepreneurial small and medium-sized enterprises will survive. Nadcat is trying to create and back winners."

Nadcat was formed seven years ago and will now represent around 800 members.


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