Please see below a list of resources, support, information and services that can help you and your business succeed within the Scottish textile sector.
Trend Information WGSN
The STLA provide access to the key textile trend information each season through Trend Presentations and access to WGSN.
WGSN is a vast on-line resource for fashion, textile and interior designers. The website holds daily updated global information on international trend, colours, trade show reports, retail reports, key silhouettes amongst many more. The STLA have secured access on behalf of the textile industry in Scotland with password access for a day without charge – the normal subscription fee for access to this valuable trend infromation is £16,000. To make the most of this amazing benefit you can arrange access to WGSN site by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s Make It Here
If you manufacture apparel textiles, clothing, accessories, related components, or provide finishing services in the UK, you can register on the UKFT website – the UK’s most comprehensive and free-to-use database of British-based companies, compiled by UKFT.
Make Works source manufacturers, makers, manufacturers, and workshops in Scotland. They are factory finders on a mission to make local manufacturing openly accessible.
Access their open library for finding production here.
In partnership with Scottish Development International, we support Scottish textiles companies to attract international trade and investment via the Textiles Scotland brand.
For information on support and resources we offer please see the Scottish Enterprise textiles website.
Services offered to businesses by Scottish Enterprise can be found here.
Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS)
The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service helps companies by designing and delivering tailored manufacturing improvement support.
Their support is focused on developing a culture of business excellence amongst manufacturing companies in Scotland.
Initially, they take companies through a manufacturing review which will:
- identify challenges and opportunities in your business
- provide an action plan to help address them
To find out more on how they can help you increase your business efficiency and capacity please visit here.
Cultural Enterprise Office
The Cultural Enterprise Office provides a client led service, delivered flexibly in response to client need.
Their range of business support services help creative micro-businesses based in Scotland build the skills and knowledge they need to clarify their creative ideas and turn them into flourishing enterprises. Whether their ambitions lie in the commercial or not-for-profit sectors, they can offer support to businesses and individuals at any stage of development, from pre-start to those considering growth.
They complement existing business support provision and add value by delivering business support that meets the particular needs of creative clients. We believe that by working in harmony in this way, they can accelerate the future viability of a sector that is fundamental to the cultural health and wealth of the nation.
For further information on their work, resources and projects please see here.
Our digital resources are grouped under three key themes, copyright evidence, copyright user and copyright history. The resources include documentations of key stages in the research process, so that our methodological approach can be scrutinised, by academic peers and stakeholders. We also attempt to translate complex findings and legal context into a more accessible format, to enable public discourse and debate, and amplify. Thirdly, we aim to make primary research materials available: data and historical sources. Here we are committed to contributing to the sustainability of resources produced with partner organisations. Finally, it is our ambition to develop method resources appropriate to our interdisciplinary field.
To access these resources please visit here.
Clothing Knowledge Hub
The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan Knowledge Hub showcases new initiatives, processes and technologies which can reduce the environmental impact of clothing. Explore, from raw materials through to final disposal, how you can make a difference, and reduce your carbon, water and waste impacts.
Find more information here
Fashion Foundry will help build a community for Scottish fashion designers and associated creative businesses, through a programme of events, workshops, advice and bespoke mentoring.
Emerging designer businesses will be based in South Block, Glasgow in our bright and airy design studio with shared resources. The group will have individual monthly meet-ups with experienced industry experts.
Another part of the programme focuses on more established businesses, with details to follow shortly. Alongside these bespoke programmes, sewing and pattern cutting facilities, photography and meeting space to the wider fashion community will also be offered.
Led by Cultural Enterprise Office, Fashion Foundry is funded by Creative Scotland.
For more information on the programme see the Fashion Foundry website.
The Fashion Alliance
Creative Skillset and UKFT are partners in the Fashion Alliance which provides resources for designers and manufacturers including the manufacturing database, and the Fashion Alliance Toolkit which offers guidance on how designers and production units can best communicate with each other.
London office space
UKFT have the following office spaces available for hire at Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London at discounted prices for Corporate members :
- Atrium: 9m by 5.5m (30ft x 18ft ); total area 50sq m (540sq ft)
- The Meeting Room: 5.3m x 3m (17ft x 10ft); total area 16sq m (170sq ft)
Zero Waste Scotland
Zero Waste Scotland helps individuals, businesses and communities to reduce waste, recycle more and use resources sustainably.
For more information on how they can help you and your business manage this please visit here.
The following reports can be accessed in full by STLA Individual and Corporate members, to request access please contact Hazel Brodie :
1. Scottish textiles in the French, German and Italian markets – December 2012.
Scottish Enterprise has commissioned a study into the Scottish textiles in Europe.
This report analyses and suggests methods of improving upon the visibility, image and sales performance of the Scottish textile industry in France, Germany and Italy. In doing so it examines the current market situation, the strengths and weaknesses of the Scottish industry, the light in which it is perceived in these markets and its competition. The report suggests ways in which Scottish
market share could be increased.
2. Brazil trade report – April 2013
The final report into the Trade Mission to Brazil which took part on 22 – 25 April 2013.
The mission and report was commissioned by Scottish Development International to look into the opportunities and trade barriers for the Scottish textile industry.
3. Opportunities for Scottish Textiles in India – March 2013
This report provides a preliminary assessment of the potential market opportunities for relevant sectors in the Indian textiles and clothing sector for Scottish companies and recommends preliminary approaches for the Indian market. The specific entry strategy for each company shall require further in-depth market analysis.
4. Scottish Enterprise - Textiles Scotland Brand Awareness Research – May 2013
A report commissioned by Scottish Enterprise looking to assess the awareness of the ‘Textiles Scotland’ brand and the awareness of ‘textiles from Scotland’ in key international markets. The report also also looked to identify key opportunities and possible barriers to market entry & identify channels used to access information on textiles suppliers.
5. Textiles for Enhanced Health Applications: Scoping Study – May 2013
A scoping study aiming to identify short to medium term opportunities in the Enhanced Health and Wellness sector for Scottish technical/performance textiles companies, specifically opportunities that could yield commercial results within approximately two to five years.
The description ‘Textiles for Enhanced Health’ includes technical textiles and its subcategories – smart, wearable and interactive textile-based products – developed to prevent or treat disease, or improve or maintain the physical or psychological health of an individual.
6. Textiles: Energy/Oil and Gas Foresighting Report – February 2013
7. International Scottish Textile Strategy – Americas – May 2014
8. International Scottish Textile Strategy – Asia – May 2014
9. International Scottish Textile Strategy – Europe & Middle East – May 2014
10. Interior Textiles in Transportation market-scoping research – March 2014
11. Scottish textiles in the French, German and Italian Markets – December 2012