Bradford Textile Society's new president told members of his Yorkshire-based group on Wednesday to put recent mill closures and job cuts behind them and instead focus on achieving "a vigorous and profitable future".

In his first address in his new role, Adrian Berry praised the industry's excellent record for exports and had a favourable balance of trade with the rest of the world in woollens and worsted of around £150m.

More than 200,000 workers - with the potential to produce goods worth £12.5bn - are employed in the textile and clothing industry said the managing director of the Bradford-based Clissold Group.

He added:"This is not an insignificant amount and proves there is still an industry to fight for. There are so many attributes we have got that others want, the chief being - 'Made in England'. That is a brand itself which overseas countries want to see."