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Success story: Rowlinson Knitwear

Established in 1935, Rowlinson Knitwear provides specialist schoolwear and corporatewear, employing around 50 staff in Stockport and half a dozen more in its overseas partner factories.

The business has a strong track-record of upholding ethical standards and in 2015 transferred into full employee ownership. In 2019, it declared a Climate Emergency and shut down its business for 24 hours to mark global climate strikes.

The company has received support from a number of GC Business Growth Hub services, including a £12,000 Energy Efficiency Grant towards the cost of LED lighting and advice from our Eco-innovation service on future textiles. 

See also: The importance of being ethical: In Conversation with Rowlinson Knitwear