Industrial Relations and Employment Law

Company Handbooks

We review company handbooks and ensure that they are up to date and legally compliant. If you are introducing a company handbook for the first time we can ensure that it will be fit for purpose.

Contracts of Employment

Employees are entitled to a written statement of employment particulars after one month’s service and you must provide this within two months. The type of contract depends on the seniority of the employee, but we ensure that the contract is suitable and well written and clearly sets out your employee’s terms and conditions.

Disciplinary and Grievance

We offer detailed advice and support to ensure that you understand your responsibilities under the ACAS code of practice on discipline and grievances. The support can range from simple telephone advice to a company visit if matters become more complicated.


It is crucial to have a planned and legally compliant approach when carrying out restructuring of your workforce and where redundancies are a possibility. We offer a comprehensive service which includes a tailored redundancy process plan, guides for managers and all necessary documentation

Settlement Agreements

We offer comprehensive settlement agreement advice where issues arise around capability, conduct or redundancy. We find that this type of approach is a preferred alternative to a more formal and drawn out process and offers both you and your employee a speedy and efficient way of ending employment

Employment Tribunals

In the event of a claim, we will help in advising on the prospects of success and potential of the claim, handle all legal paperwork, prepare your defence, negotiate on your behalf including the drafting of a COT3 where the claim is settled,  and if necessary represent you at the Employment Tribunal. We provide expert advice in order to achieve the best outcome for your business

Wage Negotiations

In 1989 the Association, following a breakdown in central wage negotiations, began negotiating on behalf of members, on a district basis with the textile trade unions. The negotiations are conducted in January/February and any agreed settlement is implemented in the last Monday of March. As well as providing a valuable service to those members involved, the negotiations and the settlements reached in previous years have provided and continue to provide a useful benchmark for those member companies who negotiate on a plant basis.

2017 District Wage Agreement

Wages Survey

The Association conducts a 2 yearly wages’ survey to give members an up to date picture of current wage levels in job categories relevant to members’ businesses. The survey results enable Association staff to give prompt answers to members’ queries as well as enabling members to compare their own wage levels to comparable businesses within the textile and other manufacturing sectors


The Association sets and publishes the traditional factory holidays for local towns and districts. These holidays are set in June of each year for the forthcoming year , starting in January.

Holidays 2017-2018

Information on Grant Aid

Information on grant aid as and when available from both Central and Local Government and the EU.

As an example following information from the Association, a number of members have recently taken advantage of funds available from Textile Growth Programme a £97million initiative backed by £19.5 from the regional growth fund. The funding came in the form of capital grants and funding for research and development and training.

A number of member companies have also applied and been successful in obtaining grants of £6000 from the Worshipful Company of Weavers, available to weaving companies for employing graduates. The grant enables weaving companies to take on the graduate for a trial period of six months and the grant is used to pay two thirds of the salary, with the balance paid by the company.


As a member of the United Kingdom Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), the Association is able to pursue any concerns it has on government policy and legislation that affects the industry. UKFT conducts lobbying on behalf of the industry and has published a manifesto setting out it’s long term engagement with the UK government. The UKFT also supports the All Party Parliamentary Fashion and Textiles Group. On behalf of the industry, the UKFT’s CEO also addresses the Westminster Media Forum, the latest address being made on April 2016