With inflation increasing, it’s not just food, petrol and utility bills that are going up. Sky News had an article (click here to view) that questioned if this will now be the end of cheap clothes due to the rises in raw materials, wages and VAT.
With our growing export deficit and the government hoping that manufacturing and private sector development will provide more of the jobs of the future, we ask if this presents again opportunities for clothes made in the UK?
This Friday at 7.30pm, Channel 4 will feature a Manchester based family business, Cooper and Stollbrand which is the last remaining manufacturer of premium outerware in the UK.
In Germany, another family firm Trigema is well-known for exclusively producing t-shirts, tennis and other clothing in its home market. It provides employment for around 1,200 staff and the company is proud that it has not had any redundancies or shorter working weeks since 1969. The company website features a short corporate film (click Kino) and the Handelsblatt also carried a feature about the man in charge, Wolfgang Grupp, who it named Germany’s most famous medium sized entrepreneur – click here for the article.