If I just buy a gift, I\'ll grab the first thing I see, but today I\'m on a mission --
Look for a label that says \"made in the UK.
But no matter how hard I try, I can\'t find it.
I hurried to retreat along Oxford Street, London, our most famous shopping avenue, as I passed through Selfridges, Mark and Spencer, the next Gap, Debenhams, France
Tags swim in front of my eyes
Warehouse, All Saints, H & M, John Rocha, Ben Sherman, Jasper Conland, Fred Perry, Calvin Klein, Nicole Fahi, Burton
In a word, two at a time
I checked 63 clothes at random during the hour.
It was not until then that at BHS that I found what I was looking for: a single item, a dress made in the UK.
It\'s no secret that cheap imports have flooded the streets in the last 20 years, but to what extent they have destroyed their homes --
Growing manufacturing will shock you.
It shocked me.
Since 2000, jobs in the textile industry have lost, and we imported 12 pounds last year.
0. 5 billion more clothing than we export.
Official figures show that about every piece of clothing we wear comes from abroad.
Successive governments have led the demise of an industry that once envied the world --
In the process, proud family businesses have closed down or relocated to countries where workers work 80 hours a week to earn a modest income.
The Global Institute for Labor and Human Rights has just released a survey of factories in Bangladesh
Making knitwear for BHS
Workers were allegedly beaten frequently and forced to work overtime, with wages equal to the wages of slaves, about 10 to 16 p per hour.
Since then, a survey has been launched by BHS.
At the same time, factories are abandoned in the UK and there are still so few skilled workers that the UK apparel industry may never be able to recover --
Even if the retailers on the street work tirelessly for profit and condescend to sign contracts with our own producers.
How did we get here?
\'We started to see the threat of cheap Chinese imports in the medium term, \'he said.
Simon Bowen, general manager of Berwin & Berwin, the manufacturer of Daniel Hechter, said that in his 90 s, competition has become increasingly difficult, with rambretta and Paul Costello sets and clothing suppliers for most major commercial street retailers.
My great-grandfather came here from Belarus with seven children and a sewing machine to start our family business.
We have three factories in Leeds and pontefrafu, and between 1997 and 2001 I had to close all the factories and transfer the business to China and Hungary.
\"I am the fourth generation, and it is my responsibility to do so to get 700 people out of work.
This is terrible. it broke my heart.
I either have to do this or end the business.
Not just us.
In Leeds alone, 30 factories produce more than 500 suits a week.
There is only one now.
The Chinese government\'s huge investment in factories, machinery and training, coupled with the enthusiasm of the young workforce, has paid only a fraction of the minimum --
Revenue from UK peers is paid, which means that British manufacturers with dilapidated machinery in dilapidated places simply cannot compete.
When tariffs and quotas imposed on Chinese imports were lifted in 2005, what had become a stable flow turned into a tsunami.
Now, there are labels from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Cambodia, Vietnam, Turkey and Romania on clothing once produced in the UK.
From factories to shops, suits made in China could cost £ 60 and retail for between £ 200 and £ 300, Simon said.
In the UK, similar suits cost between 120 and 150 and retail between 400 and.
On average, an Englishman
The clothes made are twice as expensive as half.
It is difficult to argue with economics.
To reverse this trend, retail master Mary POTUS --
The TV audience is most familiar with Queen Mary\'s shop. has re-
Along with Channel 4, a former garment factory was opened in the suburbs of Manchester and its own shorts range was launched to prove that British products can still compete.
The result is 4-
Part of the documentary \"Mary\'s Bottom Line\"
Episode Two aired tonight.
But whether she will succeed is still uncertain.
People say manufacturing will never come back, she said.
\"But you can get it back.
Marks & Spencer sells 61 pairs of shorts a year-all imported.
Bring thousands of people back to England. Sort it out!
But there are signs that neither retailers nor manufacturers think it would be so simple to revive the British apparel industry --
The outdated trend may have gone too far.
Take the underwear industry as an example: according to the National Bureau of Statistics, between 1998 and 2008, the number of companies producing underwear dropped from 936 to 214.
The number of people they employ has dropped from 36,000 to 3,000.
Multiply this number in products such as shirts, suits, knitwear, and so on, and you will have an idea of the speed of the drop.
\'We have reached the point where the industry has been neglected, so that even if the big retailers on the street suddenly decide to buy British goods again, manufacturers simply don\'t have that capability, \'he said. John Milne of the British Fashion and Textile Association says skilled staff and places can meet the needs.
\"We have some great producers in this country, but they tend to be high
End labels for uniforms, warmth, or niche markets and specialty fabrics
However, the large amount of textile production in the past has almost disappeared.
In the past 12 months, it has been reported that some retailers have begun to buy British goods again, which has brought some comfort to consumers.
But the numbers involved are insignificant compared to the number of foreign imports, suggesting that companies are only verbally calling for them to be more patriotic.
River Island has increased its purchases in the UK by 50, but a spokesman for the company acknowledged that its purchases began to rise from \"low.
She will not reveal the exact number).
Marks & Spencer got-
Its third sock came from a factory in Derbyshire and agreed to take some English socks from Mary Potas
The brand is Kinky Knickers.
It also has a series of suits featuring British fabrics --
But they were assembled abroad.
Topman last year-
Join BHS in Sir Philip Green\'s Acadia group
It sells Harris tweed jackets in stores. But two well-
The sources placed told me that the group only purchased 70 of them
There is less than one per two Topman branches.
Simon Bowen thinks there is no way back.
He tried to keep production in the UK, but the government lacked support for the industry --
For example, tax incentives for investors
Got in the way of him and many of his peers.
He said the prospect of moving to China to do business is terrible.
Then you arrive and find the state. of-the-
Art machinery in clean and bright factory
Our floor is marble.
An educated and flexible workforce.
\"We used to produce 5,000 suits a week in the UK, and repairing leaking roofs or repairing ancient machinery was an ongoing battle.
Now, we make 16,000 in China.
I would love to tell you that the quality of the clothes we make in the UK is better, but not.
All these are prices.
Driven by retailers, this means that if you can make the same good but cheaper product abroad, then that\'s what they want you to do.
Consumers always want
Cheaper clothing and retailers will find manufacturers that can be supplied.
This is ruthless.
China\'s labor costs are rising as workers become richer.
Recently, I have been told by some retailers that I should check out cheaper places --
It could be India, Vietnam or Cambodia.
\"Where am I going after that? ” I asked them. “The moon?
Some believe that rising costs in China are a small window of opportunity for UK competition, but this requires unprecedented levels of cooperation.
Operations between government, suppliers and retailers.
Mary POTUS may understand this, but there is a TV show behind her.
Others may not be so lucky.
If we are going to compete with countries like China, we need a lot of things to improve, says Tim Roach.
As secretary of the Yorkshire area of GMB union, which represents textile workers, he helplessly looks at the collapse of the mill in his area.
We need to make huge investments in factories, machinery, skills and apprentices.
Of course, in a dynamic industry, it\'s better to spend money to build a productive workforce than to pay people to stay at home for relief?
\"The most important thing is that there must be a long time --
Retailers are committed to buying products from UK manufacturers to meet demand.
It must be a partnership, but for the most part any recovery will be in the hands of retailers.
But it\'s not just about retailers;
It\'s about you and me.
We are used to buying cheaper clothes.
The question is, are we prepared to pay more?
Retailers don\'t think so.
Richard Dodd of the British Retail Association says many of the products imported from abroad are actually cheaper than ever.
Therefore, families can enjoy the standard of living and a range of goods that the previous generation dreamed.
This is what people want.
But what if we all said we were going to buy British goods and we were going to pay a little more to support our own industry?
Is it possible for retailers to set up some flags and banners in the UK-made section so that we know where to go to exercise our options?
\'I really don\'t think there is any need,\' says Richard.
All the evidence shows that the price of goods is more important to consumers than the place of origin.
So it depends on us.
If we abandon cheap foreign imports and turn to demand for British goods, retailers will put them in their stores.
Unlikely. as that.
As for the British costumes . . . . . . I want to keep it as an inspired team.
Successfully get a British costume to a store that once proudly claims to be a British home store!
But in the terrible predicament we find ourselves in, BHS refuses to tell me who they are.