policy board

NWtexnet Policy Board – Senior Business Leaders to influence Textiles Sector

Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Alliance Project and FE Colleges have access to over £20m worth of funding. How do we help local companies access this in order to improve the commercial success and viability of the NW textile sector?

The landscape for funding training, capital expenditure and R&D has changed forever. The Sector is no longer seen as a Priority Sector and BIS no longer have a champion for the textile industry. The power base has shifted to Local Enterprise Partnerships. (LEPs) Working in isolation employers will have little opportunity to influence the shape of funding.

In the last eighteen months NWTexnet have been successful at sourcing funding over £2.5m for the sector but now we need to throw more weight behind our negotiations by setting up a small but influential group of business leaders that can identify the needs of the sector and provide a local voice.


  • To share intelligence and views on the key market drivers for a viable and commercially successful textile industry in the North West.
  • To share good practice on a range of important topics in the areas of new technology supply chain management and training & development
  • To lobby and influence the shape of local funding and communicate opportunities to the industry
  • Improve the image of the sector by providing exemplar models for case studies and explore the opportunities provided by the “Northern Powerhouse.”

A group of key business leaders have been drawn from a range of sub sector in the region. The group will have their first meeting on the 19th May 2016 at Panaz in Burnley.