The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) will take over the management of Textiles Scotland (STLA) with effect from 1 January 2019, following a unanimous vote by STLA members and lengthy discussions between the two organisations.

UKFT and STLA have strong historical links and the move provides new opportunities for Scottish companies by being part of a wider network while retaining a national, Scottish focus.

The Textiles Scotland branding will be continued, as will the Scottish focus of the activities, support and government lobbying.

From 1 January 2019, existing Textiles Scotland members will be transferred to a new company called UKFT Scotland.

UKFT Scotland will join the main UKFT board and UKFT CEO Adam Mansell will join the Scottish Industry Leadership Group.

Nigel Lugg, Chairman of UKFT, said: “We are delighted to welcome Textiles Scotland into the wider UKFT community and look forward to expanding our support services to address the needs of our new Scottish members, focused on leadership, innovation, internationalisation, skills and investment. This transaction will ensure that Scottish companies have a national and international voice and significantly furthers our aim of creating a highly profitable and productive UK fashion and textiles industry.”