The North East is an important region for fashion and textiles, with approximately 2,100 sector businesses in the region, employing around 11,000 people. Most fashion and textiles business activities are represented to some extent, but the region is particularly strong in the following:
- Manufacture of made-up textiles, most notably soft furnishings
- Apparel manufacturing
- Wholesale of clothing
Whilst businesses are spread across the region, the biggest concentrations are in Sunderland, South Tyneside and Gateshead.
Source: Skillfast-UK North East Broker Pack 2009