Coronavirus Updates

Will fast fashion survive the COVID-19 crisis?

There are many reasons why people choose to invest in high-quality, long-lasting garments, but regardless of this, the fast fashion industry has grown exponentially over recent years. Before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, it was easier than ever to buy a £1 bikini form a high street store, or order clothes online that …

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Lockdown restrictions to be further eased

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last night that lockdown restrictions will be further eased from Monday, June 15 with non-essential retailers allowed to open as long as they keep customers safe. Outdoor markets and showrooms will be able to start trading from Monday, June 1. All other non-essential retailers – …

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended until end of October

It was announced yesterday that the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said the furlough scheme will be extended by a further four months with workers continuing to receive 80% of their current salary. From the start of …

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Oeko-Tex waives license fee for face masks

With immediate effect, the Oeko-Tex Association has waived the license fee for Standard 100 certification of mouth and nose masks. With the current demand and expert recommendations to wear mouth and nose coverings in public, Oeko-Tex wants to support continued safety of the population. General secretary, Georg Dieners, said: “We …

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Schoolwear Association survey reveals social distancing causes concern

A Schoolwear Association survey of the schoolwear industry’s response to COVID-19 has revealed that more than 80% of businesses are already looking ahead to the impact social distancing will have on their operations. The Schoolwear Association survey, which explored the current status of businesses including retailers, suppliers and wholesalers, showed …

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Companies produce digitally printed patterns for volunteer sewers

Companies up and down the country are busy producing digitally printed sewing patterns so volunteer sewers can make scrubs for the NHS. One of the team at Hybrid Services spotted a Facebook appeal for help producing patterns for the scrubs. The patterns are typically printed on paper, with the various …

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UK laser businesses step up to the plate to fight COVID-19

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a shortage of numerous products affecting all walks of life, with PPE for frontline workers being one of the main areas affected. To help combat this shortage, many businesses are lending their hand to support the production of additional PPE for frontline workers …

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IPIA reveals results of COVID-19 business impact survey

The Independent Print Industries Association and British Association for Print & Communication have been in close communication with The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to advocate on behalf of the UK print industry and provide its Intelligence Gathering Unit with information from the coal face of this …

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Schoolwear Association issues message to the industry

Matthew Easter and Mark Stevenson, co-chairs of The Schoolwear Association have issued a statement to the schoolwear industry in light of the coronavirus pandemic. In this statement the pair say that the coming weeks and months will be testing for many sectors and the same is true of the schoolwear …

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