“We are all heralding the return of manufacturing at Haddow Group with our new digital textile printing machine and are yet again manufacturing fabric from our historic Lister Mills in Bradford. Lister Mills was formerly the largest mill in Europe employing over 7000 people, when production ceased in 1995. So 20 years on Alan and Tristan Haddow with all the team at Haddow are delighted to be bringing manufacturing home.
The investment in the new digital printer will enable us great levels of flexibility, bolder creation of designs, faster speed to market, improved customer service as well as huge operational advantages by low or no stock holding. Being able to print the quantities as and when required and respond quickly to trends in the market has been well received by our customers amongst which are Laura Ashley, John Lewis and The Range. We also have a very strong presence in the Independent sector with our long established brand Kestrel and our new Olivia Bard brand which we launched earlier in the year. Olivia Bard launched with four collections all inspired by travel and feature an eclectic mix of soft furnishing and upholstery fabrics, tiebacks and curtain poles. The range was designed by our team of textile designers at the Mill, in collaboration with Olivia Bard, Tristan’s wife, with prints being produced by the new digital printer. A truly homespun story. It has been an exciting year for us as we are very proud to have exhibited Olivia Bard for the first time this year at Decorex, BITA and Scottish Interiors and are adding to the range with two new collections which are about to launch; Calm Bazaar and Pied Beauty. So after 20 years it has been a wonderful way to celebrate our return to manufacturing.”