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South West

The South West is an important region for fashion and textiles, with approximately 1,400 located businesses in the region, employing 28,000 people. Most fashion and textiles business activities are represented to some extent, but the region is particularly strong in the following:

  • Wholesale & Distribution of Footwear & Laundry
  • Laundry & Dry Cleaning

Whilst businesses are spread across the region, the main concentrations are in Gloucestershire, Somerset & Devon. There are also “hot spots” for particular activities, including:

  • Footwear and Leather manufacture in mid Somerset
  • Distribution in Bristol, Gloucester & Swindon

Source: Skillfast-UK South West Broker Pack 2009