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About the Industry

About the Industry

The UK fashion and textile industry is diverse and highly valuable to the economy.

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The fashion and textile industry offers 65 career types across 12 different subsections.

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The fashion and textile industry contributes almost £20 billion to the UK economy.

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The UK fashion and textile industry manufactures £9.1 billion of product annually.

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The fashion and textile industry in England, Wales and Scotland employs 500,000 people, 88,000 of which are employed in manufacturing.

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Clothing is ranked no 27 in UK’s top 30 biggest goods exports, valued at £4.2 billion in 2022.

Why fashion and textiles?

The UK fashion and textile industry has a worldwide reputation for originality, quality, and innovation.

Today’s UK manufacturing industry combines skilled craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. Established businesses are expanding their services to meet the exacting needs of industry, joined by a new wave of entrepreneurs responding to growing demand for fashion and textile products made here.

Our iconic UK brands and manufacturers are coveted around the world, while a dynamic group of creatives are pioneering new ways to challenge established norms in the global fashion market.

Our textile mills supply some of the finest fabrics to the most prestigious brands, designers and tailors, and a growing number of creative design studios are gaining momentum thanks to their directional, contemporary approach to prints and weave.

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