The Professional Clothing Group has announced the imminent launch of what it says is the first UK and worldwide association dedicated exclusively to the professional clothing industry and supply chain.

The Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW) will be launched in June 2018 and aims to bring together professionals from across the different sectors and from around the world in order to establish a cohesive voice for the industry.

“Dedicated exclusively to the trade, it will push the agenda of the many sectors within it and strengthen our influence in discussions and key decisions,” commented PCIAW. John Miln, former CEO of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), has been appointed as chairman, while Yvette Ashby, MD of The Professional Clothing director-e, show and awards, will act as chief executive officer.

“An association dedicated to the professional clothing industry has been long awaited; there has already been a very significant amount of interest from key organisations in the UK and internationally who are highly supportive of the creation and development of the PCIAW,” said John. “With the support of our members, my focus is on quickly establishing the association as a key voice for the industry, representing their views and tackling the issues most important to the sustainability and development of their businesses and the professionals within it.”

He continued: “The creation of a network and platform for members will also provide help, guidance and support in achieving their objectives through peer to peer relationships and opportunities developed by the PCIAW, all of which will serve to highlight the depth and importance of the industry to the UK economy. As a multi-sector industry, I believe we will benefit from the unification which will be brought about by the association.”