The South East is an important region for fashion and textiles, with approximately 2300 located businesses in the region, employing 25,000 people. Most fashion and textiles business activities are represented to some extent, but the region is particularly strong in the following:
- Apparel Design & manufacturing
- Technical textiles (those manufactured for performance rather than appearance)
- Wholesale & Distribution of clothing
- Wholesale & Distribution of footwear
- Dry cleaning and laundry
Whilst businesses are spread across the region, the main concentrations are around major communications links such as the M4 corridor. There are also “hot spots” for particular activities, including: laundry and dry cleaning.
Source: Skillfast-UK South East Broker Pack 2009