Halifax textile firm celebrates a record year of sales

David Holdsworth
David Holdsworth

A Calderdale business, founded by a man whose Halifax family name is synonymous with the town’s textiles heritage, is celebrating a record year of sales with its modern-day take on supplying the sector.

Textile Innovations, founded by David Holdsworth eight years ago, has doubled its number of customers in the past twelve months and increased its turnover by 30 per cent, almost hitting the million pounds mark for the first time.

David Holdsworth is one of the well-known Holdsworth family who established John Holdsworth & Company, at one time the world’s largest manufacturer of passenger transport upholstery fabrics, which was based at the town’s Shaw Lodge Mills.

After the family firm was sold in 2007, David decided to put that expertise to good use with his new business, Textile Innovations. Formed in September 2007 to supply manufacturers with raw materials and finished goods, the company sources these in bulk from around the world achieving the best deal for customers.

Key market sectors for the business include healthcare, construction and passenger transport with materials sourced to create products such as disposable surgical masks, rubber car mats and retail bags.

David, who is also chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Calderdale, said: “I am proud to have such a strong family history of innovation in the textiles sector and, after we sold the family business, I saw an opportunity to continue to innovate. Textile Innovations is that vision turned into a reality and I am delighted the business is growing so quickly and more manufacturers are choosing to source their raw materials and finished products with us.”

A report on the state of the British textiles industry recently suggested that as many as 20,000 new jobs could be created in the industry within five years. It added that West Yorkshire had the ‘densest area of textile fabric and weaving in the UK’.

David added: “This is an exciting time for the textiles industry and particularly here in Yorkshire. The skyline of Halifax continues to be dominated by the mills which put the town on the map and I am pleased to continue to be working in this sector, in this town, over 250 years since my family first began their work with textiles.”