The Very English Weaving Company, based at Upper Mills in Slaithwaite, UK, has been taken over by major Italian manufacturer Lanificio Angelico, based in Biella, Italy. Very English Weaving was launched in 2012 when long-established fabrics producer Marling & Evans, established in 1782, faced closure. Local businessman Paul Callaghan stepped in to save the company and its skilled workforce. He has now completed a deal to secure the firm’s long-term future and those of its 15 employees.
Mr Callaghan, who steps down as managing director, said: «The significant support of a large international company like Angelico ensures a fantastic future not only for the staff but also for the range of companies that supply Very English with products and services». He said the plan of new boss Massimo Angelico was to invest and develop the mill and create new jobs
Marling & Evans is well known for its non-serial fabrics production, using only selected English wools and using natural dyeing and finishing. Among its products, there is also the ultrasoft Covert twill, historically used for the Rolls Royce cars upholsteries.