UK DMU supports new textile industry body

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) supports a new federation of textile manufacturers launched in Parliament. The Clothing and Textile Manufacturers Federation (ATMF) aims to revive the historic trade of textile manufacturing in Leicester with the aim of a more ethical and sustainable textile sector, acting as a voice for suppliers.

The launch was supported by representatives from textile and clothing manufacturers, Deputy Mayor of Leicester City Council Adam Clarke, Fashion Enter and DMU, ​​the university said on its website.

“We are delighted that the UK government recognizes our efforts in Leicester and beyond, to support textile and clothing manufacturers. It is a great honor to have had the opportunity to launch the federation in the House of Commons, and it only adds to the seriousness of our mission. We already have the support of many companies across the supply chain, so we know there is a real need to create a strong voice for suppliers. We have also secured local support from high profile organizations including Leicester City Council, De Montfort University and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership. The ATMF aims to promote the “Leicester brand” within the MADE IN UK umbrella, Sajjad Khan, founder of ATMFsaid.

ATMF aims to support the apparel supply chain with compliance, auditing and safeguarding jobs through collaborative partnerships. DMU has been part of a £500,000 Community Renewal Fund scheme working with Leicester City Council and Fashion Enter to support local textile manufacturers. In six months, he helped 23 local businesses with innovation planning to examine how they can bring new ways of working to grow their businesses.

Professor Rachel Granger, Research Director for the Creative and Heritage Industries, was part of the CRF program and attended the launch. “DMU is deeply committed to empowering local businesses to restructure this important sector. Many of the power structures and inequalities facing the sector are not unique to Leicester or even textiles and reflect wider inequalities embedded in the supply chain. The challenge now is to restore confidence in the sector and support structural change towards higher value areas through a sustained program of retraining and innovation, supported by stakeholders such as DMU,” explained Granger.

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) supports a new federation of textile manufacturers launched in Parliament. The Clothing and Textile Manufacturers Federation (ATMF) aims to revive the historic trade of textile manufacturing in Leicester with the aim of a more ethical and sustainable textile sector, acting as a voice for suppliers.

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