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November 6, 2012 10:58 pm
From Mr John Kellas.
Sir, The industry-led scheme to resurrect the textile industry in the UK is greatly to be welcomed (“Cable backs stitch in time for textile industry”, November 2). I hope that this initiative will be emulated by other industries – china, glass and cutlery come to mind as once-distinguished British industries whose domestic manufacturing could be restored. But it was disappointing to note Sir Stuart Rose’s belief that retailers “currently devote very little thought to UK-based sourcing”. Surely this must be at odds with the views of their customers, many of whom would like to buy British but often find it impossible.
It must be in the interests of retailers to stock merchandise that is made in Britain by workers whose prosperity will feed back into the retail sector. Retailers have a responsibility to support the jobs of their customers.
John Kellas, South Croydon, Surrey, UK
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