18 Jul

Federation supporting textile manufacturing in Leicester to be launched at House of Commons

Textiles Students at work pattern cutting

The textiles and fashion industry is a long standing foundation of the LLEP economy and the modernisation of the sector will help provide skilled well paid jobs of the future.

The newly formed Apparel & Textile Manufacturers Federation (ATMF) has been invited by the UK Government to launch at the House of Commons on Monday 18th July.

The invitation follows a recent and successful meeting with former Minister for Small Business, Paul Scully MP, Baroness Verma and Andrew Bridgen MP. The event will take place in Committee Room A2 starting at 2pm.

Founded to revive the historical trade of textile and garment manufacturing in Leicester, and with the aim of building a more ethical and sustainable textiles sector, the ATMF will act as a voice for suppliers. It aims to support the garment supply chain with compliance, auditing and safeguarding jobs through collaborative partnerships.

Sue Tilley, Head of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), said:

“It’s exciting to see Leicester again leading the way in UK textiles and we congratulate ATMF in working with local partners to address challenges in the industry. The LLEP’s strategy for coming years is to drive economic prosperity for all in our region through increased productivity, innovation and sustainability and ATMF is working to help achieve all of those things.”

ATMF was formed with the help of worker rights’ charity, Justice in Fashion. The ATMF has also drawn on the support of Embark CSR who have assisted with strategy and marketing, helping to create considerable excitement in the sector and a genuine interest in the Federation’s plans.

Jennifer Wascak, Managing Director of Justice in Fashion said:

“The launch of ATMF is a bold step forward for the UK garment industry. There is finally an independent forum for the voices of UK garment manufacturers and their workers to be heard in a rapidly-changing industry.”

Sajjad Khan, Founder of ATMF, said:

“We are delighted that the UK Government is recognising our efforts in Leicester and further afield, to support textile and apparel manufacturers. It is a great honour to have been given the opportunity to launch the Federation at the House of Commons, and this only adds to the gravitas of our mission. We already have the backing of a large number of businesses from across the supply chain so we know there is a very real need to create a strong supplier voice. We have also drawn support locally from senior level organisations including Leicester City Council, De Montfort University and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership. The ATMF aims to promote ‘Brand Leicester’ within the MADE IN UK umbrella.”

Textiles and fashion are a long standing foundation of the LLEP economy and the modernisation will help provide skilled well paid jobs of the future.

You can read the Textiles and Fashion sector profile here.