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Bringing Cotton Home

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A £5.8M investment will see cotton spinning making a return to Manchester factories, reviving an iconic trade which kick started the industrial revolution that span the globe during the 18th century.

The last cotton mills closed in the UK during the 1980’s, but thanks to English Fine Cottons, the industry is being brought back to life with a newly refurbished production facility at the Tower Mill in Dukinfield.

Using some of the finest raw materials sourced from Barbados, Egypt, India and the USA, English Fine Cottons will produce some of the most luxurious yarn in the world.

Andy Ogden, general manager of English Fine Cotton’s parent company Culimeta-Saveguard, said:

“We are extremely proud to have won this major government grant to help us make real our dream of bringing cotton spinning back to where it belongs – the North West of England. There is a strong demand across the world for luxury goods with the ‘Made in Britain’ stamp, and English Fine Cottons has the pedigree for the job. Our roots are in technical textile manufacturing and we are in the perfect location – able to draw on a local workforce with the necessary skills and expertise.”

The project will see over 100 new jobs being created and Northern Employment Services are proud to announce that they are partnering with English Fine Cottons on the recruitment of suitable individuals into available roles.
The company have invested £4.8m of its own money into the project, £2m of which is a loan from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) through its investment fund. A further £1m has been awarded as a grant by the N Brown RGF6 Textile Growth Programme (TGP).

The TGP grant announced it is the largest ever single award from the programme which means that the new venture’s launch and growth plan for the next three years is fully funded.

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