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Marks & Spencer Backs Up British Cotton Renaissance as First Mill Customer

Following English Fine Cottons restoration of a local cotton mill, one retailer is also stepping up to support domestic textile production in Great Britain.

Marks & Spencer will be one of the first customers of Dukinfield-based Tower Mill, which was revamped by English Fine Cottons after closing down years ago, Fashion United reported. The facility will be the U.K.’s first cotton mill to open since the ‘70s and will contribute over 100 new jobs.

As the U.K.’s sole cotton spinner, English Fine Cottons set out to bring textile production back to its home turf after consumer demand for luxury cotton yarn increased. The company put six million pounds (nearly $8 million) into the cotton mill’s restoration, which is set to begin operations this fall.

U.K. brands, including Marks & Spencer, will now have access to premium cotton yarn for their apparel and also support the ‘Made in Britain’ stamp as advocates of English Fine Cottons’ revived mill.