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Industrial change in the clothing/textiles cluster of North West England

Tyler, David J. (2005) Industrial change in the clothing/textiles cluster of North West England. In: Regional Studies Association Working Group seminar, 14-15 February 2005., Newcastle, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The Clothing/Textiles cluster has experienced continuous decline nationally and regionally for at least 30 years, and has often been viewed as a twilight industry with no future. However, restructuring has been, and is, taking place and new business models are emerging. NW England provides a window into national trends, and there are many signs of growth in activity and in jobs created. A recent re-mapping study of the Apparel sub-cluster reveals far more activity related to apparel than is apparent from the use of SIC code data. This research provides sector-specific answers to questions about what industrial knowledges have survived through the restructuring process, and whether these knowledges are explicable in the context of “new knowledge economy” theories.

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