Of the 95 UK textile manufacturers that took part in the survey, 30% said they were receiving more enquiries now than prior to the EU Referendum

Of the 95 UK textile manufacturers that took part in the survey, 30% said they were receiving more enquiries now than prior to the EU Referendum

UK apparel and textile manufacturing may be enjoying a resurgence, with a new survey showing around 45% of manufacturers claim business is better than last year. 

While apparel and textile manufacturing in the UK faces a number of challenges in the current economic climate, a survey by the Make it British initiative shows "business is booming," with many firms reporting increases in production of 25-50% compared to 2015.  

Of the 95 UK textile manufacturers that took part in the survey, 30% said they were receiving more enquiries now than prior to the EU Referendum in June, but that they were being hit by rising costs for raw materials, many of which are imported from the EU.  

Around half (47%) said that finding skilled staff was the biggest barrier to further growth, while 39% blamed lack of support from the government. Asked how positive they feel about the future of UK textile manufacturing on a scale of one to five, the average answer was 3.75.

With Britain selling around 50% of its exports to the EU, there are uncertainties over the potential impact on purchases of British-made garments if tariff-free trade cannot be maintained.

However, if it becomes more cost-effective to source locally due to a weaker pound or new duties or tariffs on imports, then this could lead to an investment in local manufacturing.

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