Cut taxes to level up Britain, urges Manufacturer of the Year CEO

The chief executive of international fashion brand, David Nieper Ltd, has challenged the government to target tax cuts to encourage businesses to invest in skills development and level up opportunities across the country.

Christopher Nieper OBE, outlined his proposal for a Learning and Skills tax credit while addressing business leaders, government officials and academics attending the Make UK conference, held at the Queen Elizabeth ll Centre in Westminster, on Tuesday, February 25.


Christopher, whose family company has just been named both British Manufacturer of the Year and Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year by Make UK, thinks businesses have an opportunity to support learning in their local communities and open the door to free university tuition fees.

He said: “I urge the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to introduce a corporation tax credit to incentivise employers to nurture talent in schools, in apprenticeships and in universities. Unlocking talent in forgotten communities is the key to levelling up and employers could be the route to free university tuition fees.

“Businesses have a real opportunity to make a huge difference by taking responsibility for their local communities. They should work with the education sector to unleash talent to level up opportunities across the country.”

Attended by over 800 delegates from the manufacturing, government and academia, as well as Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State for Business, the conference was compered by former BBC Breakfast presenter Steph McGovern.

Speaking on skills and learning, Christopher voiced his frustration at the current apprenticeship levy, calling it a ‘tax on jobs’ that obstructs, rather than supports genuine skills development in the UK.

Christopher said: “Scrap the apprenticeship levy and level up Britain by replacing it with a Learning and Skills tax credit which any employer large or small can access. Make it a big, bold scheme, encourage the private sector to support schools, apprentices and university undergraduates. And allow educators to benefit too, additional schools funding could be available this way.

 “Although we run our own sewing academy, we couldn’t access our levy funds as our own tried and tested in-house apprenticeships were not ‘officially’ recognised. We found ourselves in a position where we were paying twice – paying to train dressmakers in our sewing school and also paying a levy we couldn’t use.”

David Nieper Ltd, which employs over 300 staff, took a bold step of becoming a recognised employer provider of apprenticeships and has also led the government’s national trailblazer for apprenticeship standards which didn’t previously exist for the textiles industry.

“We are striving to make this system work for us – but there is a simpler way.

The government’s Research and Development tax credit system has proved highly effective in making Britain a leader in innovation. “Why can’t we support learning and talent in the same way? A Learning and Skills tax credit would boost the UK’s talent pipeline and support the government’s levelling up agenda,” added Christopher.

The David Nieper Sewing Academy was established in 2015 to address the chronic skills shortage in the UK’s fashion and textiles industry with the aim of developing specialist skills locally.

And in 2016, the company made the unprecedented step of sponsoring the town’s local secondary for 850 pupils – now the David Nieper Academy.




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Editors Notes:

  • David Nieper is a designer, manufacturer and retailer of fine ladies’ fashion, established in Derbyshire in 1961.
  • The family business operates 5 factories in Alfreton, Derbyshire and has offices in France, Germany and Holland employing 320+ skilled people.
  • David Nieper is committed to manufacturing in Britain and has never taken production overseas. The company prioritizes local jobs and local economic prosperity.
  • David Nieper operates sustainable production at each stage of the garment manufacturing process creating minimum impact on the environment.
  • In 2019 the University of Nottingham conducted a study which illustrated David Nieper is 47% greener than similar UK designers, producing in offshore textile manufacturing hubs.
  • The company was named both British Manufacturer of the Year 2020 and Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year 2020 by Make UK.
  • The David Nieper approach to social responsibility is altruistic and far reaching, not only creating jobs for local people, but also prioritising the educational welfare of local children.
  • To help raise the level of education and skills in the local area, in 2015 the David Nieper Education Trust was established and in 2016 the company became sponsor of the David Nieper Academy.


David Nieper is First Fashion Business to be Named ‘Manufacturer of the Year’

Derbyshire fashion house David Nieper Ltd, scooped a hat-trick of awards at the prestigious finals of the National Make UK Manufacturing Awards in London . 

The family business  was voted National Gold Winner for Sustainability and runner up in Developing Future Talent, and  , beating winning companies in all the six award categories across the UK.

Judges said the company, which has been a designer and manufacturer of high-end women’s fashion for almost 60 years, has shown a consistent and strong commitment towards having a sustainable business model.

Managing Director, Christopher Nieper who was awarded an OBE  in the New Year’s Honours List for services to manufacturing, is recognised as an ambassador for sustainable business and sets an example for both David Nieper and the industry.  

The judges added that the breadth of ambition across all three components of sustainability, and the determination shown by setting tough targets and meeting them time after time is highly impressive.

As well as a commitment to sustainability the company is opening  its fifth factory to digitally print fabric in the UK rather than import it and set up its own skills academy which aims to train the talent of the future.

Christopher Nieper OBE, Managing Director, David Nieper Ltd commented,

“This is the first time in the 124-year history of Make UK/EEF that a fashion company has been recognised and named Manufacturer of the Year.

This is a real triumph for our family business. We take both our social and environmental responsibility seriously, so being recognised fo r Sustainability and Developing Future Talent, as well as being the best amongst our peers, means a lot . 

“The fash ion and textiles industry is increasingly highlighted as one of the world’s most polluting industries. Decades of offshoring manufacturing has ultimately resulted in offshoring pollution; it is evident that change needs to happen on a major scale.

Winning a  sustainability award goes to show that being a fashion manufacturer and a supporter of our planet are not mutually exclusive. We can all play our part in bringing about change through responsible production and consumption.”

The awards which recognise excellence among manufacturing companies in six categories, as well as four Apprentice categories across the UK, were presented at the annual awards ceremony of Make UK which was held at Canary Wharf in London and sponsored by Japanese IT solutions provider Hulft.

Claire Almond Director, Business Development EMEA at Hulft said. “Britain is one of the world’s biggest manufacturing nations, and it is a great privilege to be working with MAKE UK to help support and champion UK manufacturing. The sector is facing significant change, as a result of what is being referred to as the 4th industrial revolution, and it is important that businesses are given the right opportunities to properly position themselves for the future. We are looking forward to getting out to meet MAKE UK’s members and being part of such an important and credible awards programme.”


About Make UK

Make UK, The Manufacturers’ Organisation, is the representative voice of UK manufacturing, with offices in London, Brussels, every English region and Wales.

Collectively we represent 20,000 companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, across engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector. We directly represent over 5,000 businesses who are members of Make UK. Everything we do – from providing essential business support and training to championing manufacturing industry in the UK and the EU – is designed to help British manufacturers compete, innovate and grow.

From HR and employment law, health and safety to environmental and productivity improvement, our advice, expertise and influence enables businesses to remain safe, compliant and future-focused.

About Hulft

HULFT is the flagship product from Saison, a Japanese IT solution innovator. Established in Japan in 1970 Saison launched HULFT in 1993. HULFT enables companies to automate traditionally manual processes, to eliminate the risks of duplication and errors which are inherent when rekeying data. HULFT can integrate legacy systems with more contemporary applications, and its comprehensive suite of connectors and intuitive software development kit (SDK) enable it to connect virtually any system to another. The HULFT solution has helped more than 10,000 customers across 43 countries automate, orchestrate, and accelerate the secure flow of information at scale.

Forgotten Communities Champion Hailed In New Year’s Honours List

Christopher Nieper, Managing Director, David Nieper Ltd has been awarded with an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2020, for services to UK Manufacturing and Apprenticeship Development.

David Nieper is a designer, manufacturer and retailer of luxury women’s fashion established in Alfreton, Derbyshire in 1961.

Alfreton is a former coal-mining town, which following the closure of the mines has suffered a raft of social issues, unemployment and poor education. It is a town illustrative of Britain’s forgotten communities, often referred to by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

From early in his career, Christopher Nieper has been passionate about British
manufacturing and rebuilding prosperity in his hometown of Alfreton.
Christopher has made it a personal mission not to turn his back on his local community, but instead has worked tirelessly to support, develop and enrich community life by creating local jobs and developing skills and education.

Christopher commented:
“What a tremendous start to the New Year! I was totally overwhelmed to be included in the Queen’s Honours List, and humbled to be recognised among so many inspirational and well-deserving individuals. It is an honour that can be shared by our whole family and wonderful staff.

The honour is a boost to British manufacturing, but is also fantastic recognition for the town of Alfreton. I am incredibly proud of this community and the hardworking, skilled people that I have the privilege of working with everyday.

Through apprenticeships and training our company is committed to ensuring that young people in our town have the same opportunities to progress in life irrespective of postcode.

I was encouraged by the Prime Minister’s acknowledgement of Britain’s ‘left-behind’ communities and wholeheartedly support government plans to address the north/south divide, by driving a new and better deal for communities beyond the M25.

All over the UK in former industrial regions, rural areas, and coastal towns there are towns just like Alfreton desperate for support. I believe inclusion in the list goes a long way to demonstrating that these towns can be a great place to work and build a career.

With more government support, private sector and wealth creation investment we will really see these left-behind communities start to thrive.”

Christopher joined his family’s business in the eighties – at time when the majority of UK fashion designers were taking their manufacturing overseas. Christopher took the decision to keep manufacturing in Alfreton, to build economic prosperity in the town and secure jobs for its people.

His vision to drive a manufacturing renaissance in Britain, along with his unswerving commitment to local people and local jobs has created a centre of fashion manufacturing excellence in the heart of Derbyshire, where the company is today one of the largest employers with over 300 staff.

In 2015, Christopher set up the David Nieper Sewing Academy to address the chronic skills shortage in the UK’s fashion and textiles industry. One year later in 2016, the Derbyshire fashion house became a national trailblazer for the government’s apprenticeship drive. The company pioneered a system, which replaced the previous framework to develop new standards for fashion and textiles.

Further to this, in 2020 David Nieper Ltd will become an employer provider of apprenticeship training regulated by Ofsted, to develop specialist skills and create a new generation of British dressmakers.

The David Nieper approach is both altruistic and far reaching, not only creating jobs for local people, but also prioritising the educational and future of local children.

Within the last three years Christopher Nieper has also taken the unprecedented step of sponsoring the town’s secondary school for 850 pupils – now the David Nieper Academy.

Academic Study Reveals UK Manufacturing is 47% Greener

As part of a campaign to localize British manufacturing, Derbyshire fashion firm David Nieper has commissioned an academic report into the environmental impact of offshore manufacturing.

The report which was conducted by the University of Nottingham  Energy Innovation and Collaboration team, has revealed the practice of offshoring manufacturing essentially amounts to offshoring pollution, with two-thirds of emissions from UK clothing occurring overseas.

The report also highlights 47% less emissions are created by manufacturing clothes in the UK, in comparison to a similar operation in an overseas textiles production base.

 Citarum River, Indonesia -featured in Stacey Dooley’s BBC documentary, Fashion’s Dirty Secret. The environmental destruction of the Citarum River is attributed to local clothing factories which are linked to large high street fashion chains in the UK. 

The University’s report studied the energy and greenhouse gas emissions for the manufacturing operations of David Nieper, who design and make clothes in the UK and sell online and through catalogues, as opposed to a garment retailer that manufactures overseas and sells on the British high street.

Renewable energy plays a key part in keeping energy consumption to a minimum. Within the garment production process, the sewing phase typically requires most energy consumption. David Nieper’s solar panels, energy efficient machinery and LED lighting means the average power required to make each garment has been reduced by 37.5%, dropping from 8.03kWh to 5.16kWh per garment.

The report also shows the biggest contributing factor to cleaner and more efficient manufacturing in the UK, is due to the lower carbon intensity of electricity supply network. The UK has significantly lower carbon emissions per unit of electricity compared to overseas production hubs such as China, Bangladesh and Turkey; therefore production in the UK has lower direct carbon emissions – making it a more sustainable manufacturing base.

For example, according to the report – a manufacturer in China would typically release around 90% more greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) while using the same energy as in the UK; Turkey would release around 70% more GHG emissions than using the same energy as the same in the UK and Bangladesh uses 24% more – ultimately making UK production more environmentally viable.

The long distance transportation of goods and component parts, which has become synonymous with the textiles industry, is cited as another environmentally damaging practice and significant contributor to GHG. 

According to the recent House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s  ‘Fixing Fashion’ report* the fashion and textiles industry produces an estimated 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year – more than international flights and the maritime trade combined.

The University of Nottingham report details shipping distances to the UK high street from the three biggest textiles manufacturing centres range from 6,226km from Turkey, 16,123km from Bangladesh and 21,694km from China.  Air freight is the worst polluter in the distribution stage, contributing 90% of greenhouse gas emissions.

David Nieper Ltd, Managing Director, Christopher Nieper commented:

“The trend to manufacture overseas has not only decimated the jobs in British fashion, but is having a disastrous effect on the planet.

We commissioned this report to highlight the environmental benefits of manufacturing closer to home. As an industry we can become more sustainable by removing at least some of these journeys to help make production process gentler on the environment.”

Another shock statistic revealed by the report is that the energy used in making clothes is dwarfed when compared to the energy used ‘upstream’ in the textile supply chain, in making fabrics as well as printing and dyeing. This accounts for over 70% of the total carbon emissions in garment production emphasizing the importance of transparency throughout the entire supply chain.

Christopher added:

“It stands to reason that sourcing offshore incurs thousands of air miles per garment and environmental standards are not the same in all countries. British retailers need to consider their entire supply chain and take more responsibility. Our report has shown that more than two-thirds of the emissions from UK clothing consumption occur in other countries.

Offshoring manufacturing is offshoring pollution – it’s not acceptable to shift the problem overseas, where it’s out of sight and out of mind.”

David Nieper has been a designer and manufacturer of fashion for ladies aged 50+ for almost 60 years. The company has a zero waste to landfill status and operates a just-in-time manufacturing policy to eliminate waste.

 Full report here



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Christopher Nieper puts Local Community on National Agenda at Conservative Party Conference

Christopher Nieper, Managing Director of fashion firm David Nieper Ltd, has put his home town of Alfreton on the national map in his address to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester this afternoon. 

Championing social justice in the community, Christopher outlined his vision to create a ‘new deal for Britain’s forgotten communities’ escalating the Derbyshire town of Alfreton to the top of national debate.

Alfreton is a former coal mining town; the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) indicates that the town has some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the area, with attainment in education significantly lower than the national average. (CSJ Reports)

David Nieper Ltd has been one of the largest employers in the town for almost 60 years and has always placed social justice at the heart of its business model, committed to creating local jobs and developing skills within the community.

In 2016, the business took the unprecedented step of sponsoring their local school which had become symptomatic of the community’s social and educational breakdown.

The school was in the bottom two percent in the country for attainment, 48% students were on pupil premium, there were teacher strikes, a paedophile scandal and students leaving in droves – sometimes up to 10 a day.

Christopher commented:

“This school had suffered enough. These families had no-one fighting their corner. They had been let down by previous governments and I was deeply concerned for the future of the children, their families and the knock-on effect for the whole community and local economy. Our family business had moral obligation to step in.

What I have learned since then, is that Alfreton is not an isolated case. All over the UK there are literally hundreds of communities like Alfreton, Boris calls them the ‘left-behind towns’…I call them the forgotten towns.

These towns need a voice and proper representation – I was hugely encouraged to hear Boris pledge his support to these  ‘forgotten people’ and ‘left-behind’ towns in his first speech as Prime Minister, at last support for communities and for companies like ours fighting for social justice.”

Christopher added:

“The David Nieper Academy takes a pioneering approach to education and offers a unique formula for the worlds of business and education to work together promoting opportunity and social mobility.

After less than three years under new governance, the school has moved up an Ofsted rating and tripled its intake of students moving up from primary school creating a waiting list for the first time in over twenty years.”




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David Nieper Challenges Manufacturing Industry to go ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’.

David Nieper, fashion designer and manufacturer in Derbyshire has become a ‘zero waste to landfill’ company – a move which Managing Director, Christopher Nieper says makes total environmental and business sense.

Achieving a zero waste to landfill status means that all waste produced by the business and within the manufacturing process is reused, recycled, composted or sent to energy recovery.

David Nieper has always been committed to the sustainable production of fashion.   Becoming zero waste to landfill is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainable fashion production and aims to minimize environmental impact at each stage of the production process.

Christopher Nieper, Managing Director, David Nieper Ltd commented:

“There is no excuse not to recycle and we urge the manufacturing industry to rethink waste and see it as an opportunity to improve environmental performance, cost save and ensure peace of mind regarding legal compliancy – it makes total business sense.

As both a designer and manufacturer, safeguarding our environment to ensure a sustainable future is of paramount importance. Our family business has always operated a just in time manufacturing system which means only making the garment when we have received the order, therefore eliminating waste by creating no overproduction or excess stock in the first place

By condemning waste to landfill we limit the potential for reuse, recycling or recovery of valuable raw materials; we also increase the pressure on natural resources and ultimately generate more greenhouse gas emissions.”

David Nieper has partnered with, where waste is sorted into streams which undergo an initial visual inspection pre-sort into plastic, paper, card, rubber and textiles, before it is further processed through the plant using a combination of technologies to shred and sort the waste.

Materials are then further processed to produce two products – a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) for use in the UK cement kilns and Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) which provides electricity for district heating schemes.

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Design Inspiration from a Galaxy Far, Far Away…


A host of extra-terrestrial and intergalactic visitors landed in the David Nieper fashion house in Alfreton this week, along with almost one hundred local primary school children taking part in the annual Fashion for Free design competition.

Children had been encouraged to let their imaginations take a journey into deep space and create some space-age fashion.

The ‘Out of this world’ theme inspired some fantastic and outlandish results, children were asked to make a textile design, spend no money  and up-cycle fabrics, clothes and even old curtains and sheets from around their homes and schools. 

Five schools took part including; Leys Junior School, Mundy Church of England Junior School, Swanwick Primary School, Copthorne Community Infant School and Woodbridge School.  Judges were impressed with both the children’s creativity and the level of technical skill that went into making the alien form designs.

James Webb from Mundy Junior School won first prize in the ‘Most Inventive Idea’ category for his rocket man style cape in shimmery silver fabric, complete with twin turbine engines. Freya Searson, from Woodbridge Junior School came a very close second place with her Martian oven-glove handbag.

In the ‘Most Well Made’ design the prize went to Molly Hill from Swanwick Primary School, who fashioned an interplanetary, zodiac styled dress from blue velvet and sequins.  Second prize in this category went to Tiana Fern from Woodbridge Junior School for her futuristic, space themed dress.

The ‘Most Creative Design’ award went to joint winners Tilly Jaggs and Erin Smithurst from Leys Junior School for their Jedi Princess styled jump suit complete with tiara, and Copthorne Infant School won first place for ‘Best Group Project’ for their solar system inspired mobile.

Emma Merchant, Assistant Headteacher from the David Nieper Academy presented the children’s prizes to a drum roll of  applause and commented:

“What amazing design talent we have in Derbyshire! The space theme has captured the children’s imagination and produced some really original and cosmic ideas!  All the children have worked really hard and we have had a difficult job choosing the winners. Well done to everyone that took part!”

Christopher Nieper, Managing Director David Nieper commented: “It is so important that children grow-up using their imagination. Thinking outside the box is the creative force that inspires design and innovation.  


Fashion students today need to be both creative and resourceful which is why we insist on designs that cost no money. Recycling and reusing helps minimize waste and protect the earth’s natural resources and we are keen to instill this awareness of sustainability into children at an early age.”


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David Nieper Awards £1000 to top student designs that don’t cost the earth

Sustainability and ethical sourcing were major style influences at this year’s David Nieper undergraduate design awards, run with the University of Derby.  

In the eighth year of sponsorship, judges were won over by students’ ingenuity, technical ability and the careful consideration given to creating fashion that won’t cost the earth.

David Nieper has always been committed to the sustainable production of fashion and is keen to impart these skills to a new generation of designers. Year 2 fashion and textile students were tasked to design a collection for the elegant older woman, with sound environmental credentials taking inspiration from the world of art.



David Nieper challenged students to think hard about sustainability, making them review their supply chain and discover where and how their materials were made. Students went to great lengths to investigate the source of materials, to help eliminate waste several of them choose to design using fabrics and yarns from surplus stocks that would otherwise have gone to landfill. 

Standards were extremely high but with one clear winner –fashion student, Olivia Rose Noble was awarded first prize and a cheque for £1000. Runners up included Lydia Fisher and Grace Stevens both textiles design students.

Olivia’s winning collection included stylish denim wear. Her fabrics originated from renewable wood sources, which require less water than cotton for growing. Olivia’s denim fabric was manufactured using an environmentally responsible production process, creating garments that are both compostable and biodegradable.


Judges were wowed by student’s innovative approach to creating sustainable collections using new and inventive fabrics such as Pinatex from pineapple leaf fiber, ground coffee fiber and bamboo.

Students had also included detailed research as part of their portfolio’s, taking into consideration critical environmental issues – such as the impact of global warming on coral reef eco-systems, the production of cotton and the importance of being zero landfill. 

Christopher Nieper, Managing Director David Nieper Ltd commented:

“The 2019 Fashion Show was an inspiration – a fantastic display of creativity and talent, what’s more these young designers are putting the planet first and not subscribing to fast fashion.

The fashion industry is in crisis – it is no longer enough to design beautiful clothes, we must treasure the earth’s resources and and safeguard them for future generations. These young designers demonstrated a real passion for the environment and showed that they understood the impact fast fashion and offered practical well thought-out solutions.”

Colin Thompson, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion at the University of Derby, said:

“The quality of work produced by our fashion and textile design students goes from strength to strength every year. This year we were particularly impressed with the way students are responding to emerging developments in society including the reaction to fast fashion – they really embraced this this aspect of the David Nieper brief.



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“Support sustainable fashion and wear your clothes” says UK fashion designer David Nieper

A survey conducted by David Nieper Ltd, a leading British fashion house has revealed that David Nieper customers wear their clothes 5 times longer than the national average* (2.2 years).

David Nieper has been designing and making fashion, from first sketch to final stitch for almost 60 years and has always been committed to the sustainable production of fashion.  As part of their drive to ensure sustainability at each stage of the garment lifecycle, the David Nieper customer services team carried out a survey to gauge how long customers were wearing their clothes.

The fashion and textiles industry is increasingly highlighted in the press as the world’s most polluting industry. According to the recent House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s  ‘Fixing Fashion’ report* the fashion and textiles industry produces an estimated 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year – more than international flights and the maritime trade combined.

Addressing the spiralling environmental problem of fast fashion, the David Nieper team believes that extending the longevity of a garment must start in the design studio, where changes in design practise can have a significant impact on how long a garment remains wearable. 

This means it is entirely possible for customers to continue to enjoy shopping for clothes, without costing the earth.

83 percent of those polled in the survey reported wearing clothes at least 30 times, 16 percent wear garments  between 10-30 times and only one percent wear their clothes less than ten times. 12% of David Nieper customers polled said they have kept garments for over 25 years and returned them for mending!

In this climate of overproduction and quite literal throwaway fashion; it is evident that change needs to happen on a major scale. However, David Nieper advocates that we can all play our part in bringing about change, and that being a follower of fashion and a supporter of our planet need not be mutually exclusive.

Christopher Nieper, Managing Director of David Nieper Ltd commented:

“For consumers, the easiest way to support sustainable fashion is simply to buy clothes that last and extend a garment’s lifecycle by buying well in the first place, choosing quality over quantity.

There is a massive problem of overproduction and a decline in use with millions of clothes ending up in landfill every year. As both a designer and manufacturer, safeguarding our environment to ensure a sustainable future is of paramount importance – both to sustain our family business and the livelihoods of our employees and local community.

We only source our fabrics from accredited suppliers. We are re-shoring our fabric supply chain  and in our factories we have always operated a ‘just in time’ manufacturing system, which means only making the garment when we have received the order, therefore eliminating waste by creating no overproduction or excess stock.

From first sketch to final stitch we design to last.  We want our customers to enjoy and value their clothes and have favourite pieces they wear again and again.”

Helping to promote the longevity of each garment, David Nieper uses high quality sustainable materials which are durable, keep their shape and don’t fade or shrink.

The design team focuses on classic styles that are comfortable, fit well and don’t date. They also build in features which accommodate changes in size and body shape, such as elastic waistbands, adjustable fastenings and using materials with more ‘give’ – all these elements help prolong the lifecycle of a piece of clothing.  

Christopher continued:

“This is not the first time our business has bucked the trend in the fashion industry and found ourselves swimming against the tide. Encouraging a measured and considered approach to buying, and promoting a longer lifecycle of each individual garment will both keep the industry buoyant and preserve the earth’s precious resources.

Our family business has been making fine fashion in Derbyshire for almost 60 years; the only way we can be here in another 60 is to ensure we are sustainable in every sense.  Our customer services survey has illustrated that a ‘design to last’ strategy works for both the customer and the business.”



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UK fashion exporter says… no deal, no problem!

In the world of business, as in politics Brexit has polarised opinion. Since the utterance of the word referendum, Christopher Nieper, Managing Director of David Nieper – a leading UK fashion design and manufacturing business, has been careful to watch the impact on business both here and in the EU. 

Over the next few weeks as our politicians are encouraged to vote to take no deal off the table, this Derbyshire business is convinced that no deal is the only deal on offer that is worth having.

Established in 1961 and with a staff of over 350, David Nieper has a vested interest in Europe – it exports one third of goods to EU countries, employs staff in EU countries and has for many years worked with suppliers of wool and fabrics in the EU. 

With its far-reaching network of European connections, David Nieper welcomes the opportunity to leave behind the shackles of EU bureaucracy. The business has no fear of Brexit, but instead takes the view that the 29 March 2019 offers an unprecedented opportunity to create a launchpad for British business and we should seize the day, rather than fear it.

Christopher Nieper, Managing Director of David Nieper Ltd commented:

“The public has had the courage to vote for real change, but since then politicians have lacked the wherewithal to deliver it.  Business is much more optimistic and agile than the Westminster bubble realise and our economy is in a strong position.   The best deal will come after we leave and we should use the £39bn as a bargaining tool.  

I’m relaxed about Brexit.  There is no cliff edge, and our customers won’t stop wearing clothes. Indeed, customers are buying more and more British made goods since the referendum and we’re investing more in our business than at any time in our 57 year history. 

What I’m not relaxed about is Westminster wasting a once in a generation opportunity to take back control, rebalance the British economy and put us back as a global player standing on our own resourceful British feet.”

At David Nieper, since the referendum business has been booming – sales are up, more recruits than ever are graduating through the David Nieper Sewing Academy and the company is investing in the country’s first digital printing plant for jersey fabric.

Christopher continued:

“In our business we trade with EU companies and will continue to do so post Brexit. We also trade with non EU countries such as Switzerland -we don’t see trading with EU post-Brexit to be any more complicated.

We don’t fear trade tariffs, indeed since the referendum the increase in competitiveness of GBP has already more than compensated for any tariffs we would anticipate. British goods have become more competitive in Europe and we’re using the extra margin to reduce our EU prices and increase our advertising to build more EU trade.”


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