John Spencer Textiles and Ian Mankin

David Collinge of John Spencer Textiles and Ian Mankin Limited, explains how his weaving business dovetails perfectly into his retail outlet . Originally featured in Country Homes and Interiors David explains how the  company  has grown and survived to be the last remaining traditional cotton mill in Burnley and how he is expanding Ian Mankin from what was, a London and South East retail business, to customers all over the UK and  to fifteen  countries worldwide .

Video made by Country Homes and Interiors magazine.

Holidays 2018 – 2019

The traditional mill holidays for Central and East Lancashire have now been published. These are for guidance only .

 Holidays 2018 – 2019

Annual General Meeting and Dinner 2018

The Annual General Meeting and Dinner will be held at Mytton Fold on Friday 16th March 2018

Further details will be circulated to members nearer the time

The Alliance Project

The Alliance Project (TAP) was established in September 2012 . TAP established two successful Regional Growth Funds and has invested £27m of Government money, which in turn has leveraged £123m of private sector investment by 340 UK Manufacturers.  A number of Association members took advantage of the funding to initiate  their capital investment programmes

A textile summit was held on 12th April 2017  which saw the culmination of industry, retail, government and a range of representative bodies working together to address the next steps for the UK fashion and textiles industry.

The findings from that summit are detailed in a report  . These are seen as essential to encourage further investment in the industry and will be presented to a Government Minister after June 8th.

View the Final Report

Student Study Tour

The Association ran its 7th Student Study Tour on Wednesday 17th May .  The study tours began in 2013 and give   textile undergraduates from Manchester Metropolitan University  an opportunity to experience   commercial textile production.  Yesterday’s tour to three member companies included cone and beam dyeing and the weaving of a variety of fabrics . After setting off from Manchester the students toured D H J Weisters  in Darwen . The company weaves quality fabrics and finished products for a variety of end usages including ties, scarves, furnishing fabrics and bridal fabrics . After a hearty  lunch they  then visited Blackburn Yarn Dyers , a dyer of cotton and blended yarns utillising vat , direct , disperse , reactive and sulphur dyeing processes.  The last stop was John Spencer Textiles in Burnley where the students saw a diverse range of fabrics being produced including curtaining , protective clothing , fashion  and industrial fabrics. They were also given an insight into Ian Mankin , the London retail arm of the company .

Undergraduate textile students from Manchester Metropolitan University  in the showroom at  John Spencer Textiles

Our thanks go to Duncan  Weisters ( DHJ Weisters)  , Ian Peel ( Blackburn Yarn Dyers)  , Debbie Catterall and Ronnie Lambert ( John Spencer Textiles) for their help and cooperation.  Last but not least thanks to the enthusiastic students who made the day such a success.

The next Student Study Tour is scheduled for October  2017

The National Festival of Making

The first National Festival of Making took place  in Blackburn, Lancashire on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, 2017. With twice the national average of people employed in the manufacturing industry, and a community of talented and creative makers working from homes and studios in Lancashire and around the North West of England, the festival celebrated   Britain’s unrivaled making heritage and its bright future.

Anthony Green , Production Manager at Blackburn Yarn Dyers assists a visitor in her first experience of small scale  yarn  dyeing 

Blackburn Yarn Dyers and their online retail offshoot Three Bears Yarn provided the opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in winding , measuring and dyeing of yarn .

Blackburn Yarn Dyers has been in business since 1915 and the philosophy at Three Bears Yarns is simple ” all of our products should be produced here in the UK , collaborating with other great textile manufacturers ensuring that skills that we have developed over the generations are kept alive and built on ”

Meet the Manufacturer

A “Make it British” sourcing event exclusively for British clothing, textile and leather goods manufacturers will be held in May. This major two day event, held at The Old Truman Brewery in London’s East End, will showcase the best British manufacturers in the fashion and textiles industry. The event will be held on 24th and 25th May 2017.

More than just a trade fair, Meet the Manufacturer will provide fantastic opportunities for UK manufacturers, designers and buyers to network together under one roof in an environment that is open and collaborative.

This event has come in response to the huge increase in requests to the Make it British website from designers, buyers and sourcing directors looking for quality British factories.

Register for your FREE ticket

Association Annual General Meeting and Dinner 2017

The Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 24th March 2017 at the Mytton Fold Hotel, Whalley Road, Langho, Nr. Blackburn at 7.30p.m.

Mr Andrew Gill of William Reed Weaving was appointed Chairman and Mr John Morrison of Leigh Spinners Ltd. was appointed Vice Chairman. 90 members and guests attended the dinner that followed.

The date for the Annual General Meeting and Dinner in 2018 is Friday, 16th March.

Wage Negotiations 2017

Following negotiations with the Trade Unions concerned a 2% increase in earnings was agreed following a ballot of Trade Union members.

District Wages Agreement 2017

Executive and Treasurers Meetings

The next meeting of the Executive and Treasurers will be held on Thursday 22nd June 2017 . The Executive Committee will commence at 4.00pm and will be preceded by the Treasurers meeting at 3.15pm. John Young from the Bank of England will give  a presentation on the latest inflation report and economic outlook

Association Energy Buying Group

In collaboration with Businesswise Solutions, the Association Energy Buying Group aims to help Association members reduce gas and electricity spend and improve business efficiencies through knowledgeable procurement and energy management. The scheme was launched in April 2016. Already a number of Association members have agreed to work with Businesswise through the Energy Group.

Businesswise can also give members guidance on the Energy Inclusive Industries (Ells) compensation scheme which has the potential for members to recover up to 20% on electricity spend.