The School of Textiles and Design have long-standing relationships with many trade bodies within the industry.
Graduates in 2016 received prizes, sponsored by trade bodies, for the best graduate in various categories including:
- Federation of Small businesses, Borders (Best business plan)
- Bonnetmakers & Dyers (Edinburgh) (Innovative use of Textiles & Fashion design)
- Bonnetmakers & Dyers (Glasgow) (Best final year projects)
- Scottish Borders Manufacturers’ Corporation (Best in Fashion Technology)
- Worshipful Company of Dyers (Best use of Colour)
- Worshipful Company of Woolmen (Best in Fashion, Marketing & Retailing)
The world’s leading independent, educational charity dedicated to advancing the science and technology of colour worldwide. The society runs training courses and events and is generally seen as the ‘authority’ on all things to do with dyeing and colour. In partnership with the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), they publish the Colour Index International.
Founded in 1530, the society exists today for benevolent and social purposes and to support the traditional methods of the past. They run a competition for the School every year.
The Corporation has evolved from a collection of ten mill owners and reflects all sectors of the Borders economy, representing both manufacturing and service based businesses, including construction, telecommunications, finance and marketing.
Originating in the twelfth century as a trade association for members of the dyeing industry but is now mainly a charitable institution. Each year they participate in the ceremony of Swan Upping along the River Thames.
Set up in 1180, it is one of the oldest Livery Companies of the City of London. Originally woolpackers and wool merchants were members to ensure consistent standards for wool producers throughout the industry. It now has an active role with the 80 billion dollar Global Wool Pipeline Industries.