Huge investment in Colne weaving firm

Callum Bull, Lombard Senior Relationship Manager (left) and Stephen Shepherd, Managing Director of S. Dawes Weaving (s)
Callum Bull, Lombard Senior Relationship Manager (left) and Stephen Shepherd, Managing Director of S. Dawes Weaving (s)

Colne textile manufacturer S. Dawes Weaving can continue to establish itself after purchasing a state of the art machine which will keep the company competitive and meeting demand.

The new Karl Mayer GOM machine was purchased with support from Lombard, the asset finance arm of NatWest, and it is the latest step in a £500,000 two year investment programme.

The machine has opened new avenues for the firm and its fabric design team, which can now sample new designs and colourways, respond quicker to customer briefs and show new flexibility in multi-coloured warp production.

S, Dawes Weaving completed its relocation to its larger premises in Colne two years ago, and a growth fund process has seen the acquisition of an industry-leading CAD design system, Bonas Jacquard machinery and other critical equipment too.

The firm, which won the 2016 Pendle “Manufacturer of the Year” Business award, can now keep up with international competitors by efficiently producing small sample warps from 50 to 100m, as well as free up capital with a stockholding reduction of more than 80%.

Managing Director Stephen Shepherd said: “We serve fast moving markets so it’s imperative we innovate too, and Lombard has been fantastic in helping us purchase this new machine.

“Callum (Bull, Lombard’s Senior Relationship Manager) is always available to help and the machine itself is amazing. We have opened up new business and new markets, increased sales and can offer more jobs to the area.”