When will the Government actually wake up and realise the knock-on effect cheap imports are having on #British #manufacturers.
Only last week we learn of the unfortunate demise of Balmoral Knitwear - one of #Ayrshire's long-established manufacturers of some 122 years with the loss of 42 jobs. Yet another huge blow for the British textile industry.
The company said it has been unable to continue due to increased competition from low cost garments sourced offshore, the increasing cost of raw materials and the recent devaluation of the pound.
All Shorts has been selling Balmoral school jumpers for the past couple of years along with fellow competitors John Lewis and Harrods of London.
Fortunately, stock levels for us remain relatively substantial. However, we are already in talks with another British manufacturer; details to be confirmed.
Our thanks to all the staff at Balmoral for their exemplary service and our deepest sympathy to the company's 42 employees who now find themselves without a job and doubtlessly experiencing all the usual crippling uncertainty that comes with unemployment.