The eight manufacturers each received a certificate of recognition from Malcolm
Gillespie, chief executive of Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Training
& Enterprise, at a special ceremony.
The awards are part of the long-term strategy by The Clothing Manufacturers Association
to implement minimum standards in order to promote the image of the industry, and
ultimately to encourage more people into it.
Councillor Ram Lakha, chairman of Coventry Clothing Centre's Committee, said:
"The Clothing Centre is here to support local manufacturers and by providing them
with the opportunity to meet certain set standards we are also helping to promote the
image of the industry.
"We want to encourage as many people to consider entering the clothing industry as
possible, and one way of achieving that is by helping to promote its image through such
"Whilst not every manufacturer who volunteered to have an audit reached the set
standards, they were not far behind. We will now be concentrating on making sure they
achieve it next time.
"Of course, the major retailers all expect manufacturers to be reaching certain
standards, so it is in their interest to ensure they achieve, and maintain, them."
Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber were instrumental in providing the finance for the
audits to be carried out on the volunteer companies.
The eight charter recipients were Amni Ltd, Brigade Ltd, Crestpaim Ltd, Fariane Johnson
Ltd, R Farmah & Co Ltd, Mortex Enterprises Ltd, S R Holbrook Ltd, and Stoke Row