Joshua Ellis shortlisted amongst the British textile elite

One of West Yorkshire’s oldest textile mills has been shortlisted for two national awards recognising its contribution to British manufacturing excellence.

Batley-based Joshua Ellis, which has been weaving luxury cashmere and fine fabrics for almost 250 years, has reached the finals of the UK Fashion and Textile Awards in two categories, the Textile Business Award and the Make it Here Award.

The company is renowned globally for its cashmere, wool and camel overcoating and jacketing fabrics, which are designed and manufactured in West Yorkshire. It works with leading international fashion brands and design houses including Chanel, Bottega Venta and Ralph Lauren.

Joshua Ellis has been making cloth in Yorkshire for generations and is now part of the family owned Bradford textile group SIL Holdings Group. Managing director Jayne Woodthorpe said: “Joshua Ellis started making cloth in Batley in the 18th Century and this award highlights the fact that innovation and excellence ensure that our business continues to be relevant today, exporting Yorkshire cloth around the world.”

“The fact that we have been shortlisted alongside some of the UK’s leading established and up and coming brands is a tribute to the skill and dedication of our local workforce, our high quality standards and the mix of traditional and new manufacturing techniques we use to create our pioneering luxury textile products.”

HRH The Princess Royal, UKFT president, will attend the awards, which will be held at Tobacco Dock in London on May 21.