Following the latest textiles summit, Paul Wheelhouse MSP (SNP South Scotland), has welcomed further excellent new for the industry with the award of £750,000 for the sector to develop the Scottish Textiles Future Forum.
Announced today (Thursday) by John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, some of the money, which will come from the Scottish Funding Council, will create the Textiles Futures Forum, a strategic forum for collaboration between the Scottish textile industry and the university and college sectors that is designed to fast-track innovation and new product development. As well as to commitments given at the previous two textiles summits in Hawick regarding collaboration in workplace development for the sector.
The rest of the Scottish Funding Council’s investment announced today will be for projects submitted on a competitive basis with the potential to stimulate new developments within the industry. Grants of up to £50,000 will be made available for successful projects that can match the money with financial backing from elsewhere.
Paul said: “I am delighted to see great progress being made at both summits in Hawick since August and again at the most recent one in Edinburgh. There is a genuine recognition of the exciting opportunities for Scotland arising from investment in the sector. “John Swinney’s engagement with the sector had already demonstrated his commitment to the workforce development for the sector in the previous two summits. Today’s announcement of the funding package, with additional funding to be announced at a later date for skills, further demonstrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to the development, innovation and partnership working, which offers a brighter future for a sector which has suffered from tough times in the past, but which now has the opportunity for a renaissance. This investment is in direct response to requests for support raised at the October meeting.”