Bath Chronicle

Fash­ion­ing a new trade re­la­tion­ship

- Business · Consumer Goods · Edinburgh · Portugal · United Kingdom · United States of America · Greece · Spain · Government of the United Kingdom · European Union

Ed­in­burgh-based sus­tain­able fash­ion brand Me­an­der Ap­parel sources the high­est-qual­ity fab­rics from sup­pli­ers through­out Europe. That’s why co-founder Jill Henry is tak­ing pos­i­tive ac­tions to pre­pare for the end of the tran­si­tion pe­riod, both for the busi­ness’s in­ter­na­tional sup­ply chain and its cus­tomers around the world. “With a sup­ply chain, there are so many mov­ing parts,” says Jill. “We have Ital­ian fab­rics ship­ping to fac­to­ries in Por­tu­gal, where we make clothes pre­dom­i­nantly for the UK mar­ket, but also Amer­ica, Greece and Spain.” “The sooner you know what to ex­pect at the end of the tran­si­tion pe­riod, the eas­ier you make it on your­self – there’s no panic at the fin­ish line.” Jill launched Me­an­der with her hus­band Steve in 2018 af­ter dis­cov­er­ing a gap in the mar­ket for pre­mium per­for­mance-based cy­cle gear that’s stylish enough to wear off the bike – and she’s been busy prepar­ing for new op­por­tu­ni­ties from next Jan­uary. “One of the first and most straight­for­ward ways we pre­pared for the dead­line was to get an EORI num­ber, which fa­cil­i­tates the ex­port­ing of goods. It can be done on the UK Gov­ern­ment web­site and it takes just a cou­ple of weeks to come through,” she says. “Next, we made sure we were com­ply­ing with new gar­ment la­belling reg­u­la­tions, such as adding the coun­try of ori­gin and CE mark­ings, which show that our man­u­fac­tur­ers meet EU health and safety. “From my time at larger fash­ion brands, I know there could be ad­di­tional tar­iffs and du­ties to send goods ahead. It’s about mak­ing sure we’ve got the right pa­per­work, or be­ing ready to take sam­ples across in per­son if nec­es­sary.”

 ??  ?? WEAR­ING IT WELL Steve and Jill’s cloth­ing brand has links across Europe
WEAR­ING IT WELL Steve and Jill’s cloth­ing brand has links across Europe

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