A number of organisations and government bodies are working together in the East Midlands to provide assistance to the clothing and textile industry. They include local Authorities, Business Links, Training and Enterprise Councils, the Government Office for the East Midlands and Chambers of Commerce.
Both individual and joint measures have been established to form an integrated package of support, reflecting the importance of the sector to the local economy.
Here we list some examples:
- LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Nottinghamshire County Council has been providing support to the textile industry for over 10 years.
The council has developed a range of special services, including help in accessing new technologies, information about sourcing, market intelligence, consultancy help on flexible work systems and special events and seminars.
The County Council also works in conjunction with a number of partners including NADCAT and Nottingham Trent University.
The City of Nottingham Council runs the prestigious Nottingham Fashion Centre in Huntingdon Street which offers a range of help to the industry.
The centre has a comprehensive library, which was recently doubled in size. It houses a wide range of current trade and fashion journals, national and international product directories, fabric swatches and yarn samples, technical data and machine information.
The borough of Amber Valley is highly dependent on the textiles and clothing industry with major clothing and textile companies with a base there including Aristoc, John Smedley and Jaeger Knitwear.
This is reflected in the level of help provided to companies in this sector. Amber Valley Borough Council seeks to regenerate the borough on a partnership basis. It looks at interrelated factors affecting the whole economy.
The GO-EM, based at the Belgrave Centre, Nottingham, provides assistance on a range of areas, from design and quality to marketing, exporting, investment and innovation.
One of the main areas of help is exporting, both through the Overseas Trade Services office, and through Business Links. This includes helping companies find agents, distributors or buyers abroad, joint venture partners, promoting their products through trade publications and financial help for trade missions and exhibitions abroad.
There are four Business Links covering the two counties – Greater Nottinghamshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and Southern Derbyshire.
Part of a national network, they provide a “gateway” to a range of business support, information and advice through a single, local point of access, helping businesses to compete and grow.
They work in partnership with important support services. Partners typically include Chambers of Commerce, Enterprise Agencies, Local Authorities and TECs. Each Business Link has a team of highly experienced, commercially aware Business advisers who play a key role in helping businesses achieve their goals.
North Notts TEC has developed a unique initiative linking local schools in North Nottinghamshire with textile companies. The Textile Industry in Partnership with Schools Project (TIPs) was launched in March 95 with the aim of building links between schools and industry.