The North West is the most significant region for fashion and textiles in the UK, with approximately 9,400 businesses in the region, employing around 54,000 people. Most fashion and textiles business activities are represented to some extent, but the region is particularly strong in:
- Trading and wholesale of clothing
- Manufacture of made-up textiles (including household textiles and soft furnishings)
- Trading and wholesale of textiles
The region can also boast a number of distinctive specialisms – industry areas where the North West accounts for a high proportion of total UK employment.
Whilst businesses are spread across the region, the main concentrations are in Greater Manchester and Lancashire, with Manchester, Tameside and Rochdale the leading districts. However, a significant level of sector employment can be found across a large number of districts and key sector companies are to be found throughout the North West.
Source: Skillfast-UK North West Broker Pack 2009