Manufacturing in the UK
The majority of manufacturers in the UK operate on a CMT basis (Cut, Make and Trim) you will need to supply all the materials, such as fabric, buttons, labels, threads and any linings/fusing.
It will also fall to you to make sure they have a pattern to work with. Some companies do have their own pattern cutters and will give you a cost for the first patterns and samples, they may even be able to source fabrics for you
When working with a UK supplier there are certain things you should consider:
- Make sure you work closely with the pattern cutter and sample machinists to ensure you get exactly what you need.
- Make sure you are well informed of the costs for samples, second samples, amending patterns as this costs can add up.
- Be sure to have a look at some previous samples so that you get a feel for workmanship and quality.
- Make sure you are realistic about both the prices and any limitations the factors may have in terms of technology or man power.
Also remember that the suppliers costs do not include any external factors such as shipping of the product so make sure you factor in all the other costs and requirements. Where are you going to store the goods? Do you need to use a distribution company?
While it is more expensive to manufacture in the UK, you can take advantage of the ability to make smaller quantities and reduced shipping/duty cost.