Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Firms in the Household Textile and Soft Furnishing Manufacturing industry manufacture a wide range of household textiles, soft furnishings and canvas goods. The challenging economic environment, coupled with competitive pressure from imports, weighed on the industry at the start of the five-year period through 2016-17. Low consumer confidence caused the industry to shrink by 9.8% in 2012-13. The UK economy has improved considerably in 2014-15, with growth in consumer confidence and a sharp fall in unemployment giving revenue a boost. Overall, the industry is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 1.9% over the five years through 2016-17... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The North West
The industry is heavily concentrated in northern regions of the United Kingdom, particularly in the North West of England. A traditional textile manufacturing base in the United Kingdom, the North West, is estimated to account for 14.5% of industry establishments in 2016-17. There are many household textile and soft furnishing products manufacturers in the region, producing a wide range of pillows, blankets, duvets, bed linen, bathroom linen and canvas products. However, the industry has declined in the region over the past few decades due to rising competition from imports, which has forced the closure of some domestic manufacturing facilities. This trend has not been confined to the North West, though.
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