Exciting Career Opportunity with Macnaughton Holdings

Macnaughton Holdings are seeking to employ talented graduates in a development role in their company head office in Perth.  Please find further details below:


Macnaughton Holdings Ltd, a family business which has been manufacturing textile products in Scotland for over 230 years, has a vacancy at its head office in Perth for a QA technologist. Working as part of our production team this role will report directly to our Production Director.

With manufacturing facilities in Keith, Paisley and the Scottish Borders the role will involve interaction with production plants and suppliers. In addition the successful candidate would be expected to be heavily involved in the development of new ranges and product groups working with our design and development teams.

The successful candidate would possess excellent communication skills, IT literacy and competency, the ability to work in a  small and enthusiastic team, and the ability to work proactively on business improvement. Previous experience of working within a textile manufacturing environment would be an advantage but we are open to candidates who have textile knowledge and qualifications or candidates that want to start their career in joining an ambitious company intent on growth and business improvement.

For further details on the role, please contact: james@macnaughton-group.com




PR & Marketing Resources

Thanks to Lucia at Bridge2Business and Michelle at Elevator for sharing their presentations from the Presenting the Best of You Masterclass at NESCol on 9 March.

Lucia’s presentation outlines the support Bridge2Business can offer students:

Bridge 2 Business Presentation

Michelle’s presentation outlines how to make social media work for you in business:

Prezi Presentation

Into Industry comes to Dundee, 1 March

Book your free ticket now to attend Into Industry at DJCAD, University of Dundee from 4.30-6.30pm Wed 1 March.  We are delighted to be joined by technical textiles companies including Don & Low and Halley Stevensons, Uan Wool and Patterncutter UK, BeFab Be Creative textile digital printing specialists and Kalopsia micro-manufacturing experts.

Open to students, staff, teachers and senior phase pupils this is a unique opportunity to learn more about Scotland’s textiles industry in Tayside and Fife, explore your skills and learn how they fit. Tickets are limited, so book yours: https://goo.gl/EizGkS

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Circular Transmission Conference: IKEA/ZWS/ECA Paper by Shirley McLauchlan



The 2 aims of this project was to investigate the possibility of using redundant textile material as a new source to design with, and to engage a group of textile students with sustainability and the circular economy.

This practical project will encourage students to ‘test’ out contemporary theories in relation to sustainability and textiles. The project aims to turn textile material with no commercial value into products that have a commercial value.

KEYWORDS: Textiles; Circular Economy; Surplus; Sustainability; Commercial; Knowledge exchange; Resources.

Download full paper >> ikea_zws_eca


IKEA – Sofie Rogers – Sustainability Regional Leader North

ZWS – Lynn Wilson – Key accounts manager

ECA Shirley Mclauchlan – Senior Lecturer textile department

ETC 3rd year textile students ECA

A practical project exploring The CE (Circular Economy) /Sustainability and what to do with surplus textile material.

Download full paper >> ikea_zws_eca

tensARC recruiting experienced machinists

tensARC are looking for motivated individuals who are prepared to work hard, strive to be the best they can be, can perform under their own initiative but enjoy working as part of a team. For this role you should be an experienced sewing machinist, take pride in creating high quality products and have a good eye for detail. As part of the production team you will also be involved in the quality control inspections and packing and presentation of the final items.

Their customers love the fit, function and quality of our products. They love the work that goes into creating them and are looking for people who want to come and join them to help grow this part of their business.

The starting salary, with suitable experience, is £15,210 for a 37.5 hr week (£7.80 per hour). Benefits include a fun working environment, 30 days holiday, company pension, group annual bonus, an early finish on a Friday and the opportunity to enhance and showcase your skills.

In addition to on the job training by highly qualified staff you will be able to undertake an MA level 2 or 3 in Fashion and Textiles Heritage – The course is broken down in to modules, the modules are a mixture of general requirements for this industry and the specific skills required for this position. The course is work place assessed, fully funded and typically takes 18-24 months to complete.

pitman-photo-3About tensARC:

tensARC is fundamentally a design company and everything we design, engineer and make is tailored to the exact requirements of each customer (large or small). This is a premium brand with a premium solution – with the fabric and all components having been developed in-house to best meet the technical requirements of each application. We work very closely with each customer to deliver a service that matches their need and exceeds their expectations. InShade is our new flagship product, it is innovative and is already creating a lot of interest in the industry. In order to meet increased demand we have invested in a dedicated production line using state of the art equipment including a laser cutting table with a moving conveyor table bed and direct off the roll feed that can quickly and accurately cut individual fabric patterns directly from our computer design files. All of our sewing machines are new, the best available and in some cases have been customised specifically for each task to ensure the best possible quality and consistency.

  • Please send your CV or a letter outlining your experience by email to paul@tensarc.co.uk and the phrase Modern Apprenticeship in the title.
  • Looking for starts in Jan/Feb 17


Scottish Textiles Industry Showcase & MA Awards


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The Scottish Textiles industry has celebrated the achievement of apprentices and their host companies at the inaugural Scottish Textiles Modern Apprenticeship Awards held at Perth Racecourse.

The Awards, managed by the Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership and sponsored by Glasgow Clyde College, West College Scotland, Alex Begg and Co, Scottish Leather Group, SQA and The Worshipful Company of Weavers, recognised how apprenticeships have made a difference to businesses and careers in Scotland.

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Apprentice Dylan Murray, Apprentice Champion John Ayton & HR Manager Callum McInnes of SLG share their experiences with other companies 

The Awards recognised employers who have fostered new talent by investing in apprenticeships and individual apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their place of work.

Award winners were announced at an industry event at Perth Racecourse that explored the implementation and impact of the Modern Apprenticeship Programme on a range of companies from diverse sectors in textiles.

Congratulations to the winners:

Among those who have benefitted from the programme is Bruce Easton, winner of the Apprentice of the Year (Level 2) Award. Bruce joined The Border Mill in September 2014 as an apprentice Mill Technician.  He completed the Level 2 apprenticeship in June 2015 and is now working towards completion of Level 3. Bruce’s ability to efficiently manage multiple processes, his meticulous attention to detail and his trouble-shooting ability have contributed significantly to an increase in the mill’s productivity, through reduction in machine down-time and reworking.

“During his time with the company Bruce has demonstrated his willingness to learn and has become an integral and highly valued member of the small team at The Border Mill”, John & Juliet Miller, Owners, The Border Mill.

Edinburgh Textiles Collective: Student Project

ed_textile_collectiveEdinburgh Textiles Collective is a new approach to textiles production in cooperation with IKEA and Zero Waste Scotland; we are a group of up and coming designers from Edinburgh College of Art.

We produce beautiful limited edition rucksacks, tote bags and cushions from IKEA’s surplus fabric. Etc uses contemporary design and colour to create unique, hand printed and handmade pieces in Scotland. We are passionate about exploring new techniques and challenges whilst maintaining a level of sustainability to the best of our ability by striving to limit waste production. STAG’s Into Industry event allowed us to network and make new connections. These contacts led to Etc being stocked in the Scottish Design Exchange at Ocean Terminal.

Emma Roberts 3rd Year Textile Student, ECA

Dr Alison Gwilt Open Lecture 6.30pm 19 April

Last lecture in the series of Circular Economy Lectures delivered in partnership by Zero Waste Scotland and STAG.  Learn from Sheffield Hallam University researcher Dr Alison Gwilt about zero waste pattern design at a free open lecture with Q&A session.

The lectures have received excellent feedback and enhanced student and staff understanding of the circular economy in relation to fashion and textiles, don’t miss the final one! Reserve your free ticket or just come along tomorrow evening.

When? 6.30pm Tuesday 19 April

Where? Glasgow Clyde College, Cardonald Campus