irst, there was Leicester City: few would have predicted the Foxes striding to the
Premier League title in such emphatic style (or, indeed, at all) last May. Brexit
followed in June – an outcome of the UK’s Referendum on EU membership
that the then prime minister, David Cameron had believed to be so unlikely he
hadn’t even bothered to draw up contingency plans in the unlikely event of it hap-
pening. And come November, the biggest surprise of all – the election of master P-45
dispenser Donald J Trump as POTUS, followed hot on the heels by his, some would
argue, equally surprising suggestion that UKIP’s interim leader, Nigel Farage be handed
the keys to the UK Embassy in Washington and appointed as our Ambassador to the
USA. (Even those newly wealthy punters with the foresight to back Leicester to win
the Premiership didn’t see that one coming.)
Yet in spite of these surprises, and all this geopolitical (and sporting) change and
turmoil; irrespective of the after-shocks that are still reverberating through the currency
markets, and their unwanted side-effects on product pricing; and in the face of the
ongoing uncertainty surrounding the UK’s future relations with the largest trading bloc
and largest economy in the world – morale within the brandable garments and textiles
industry remains high. This much was evident during the BTC Activewear Open House
at the company’s Wednesbury DC in mid-November, just days after ‘The Donald’s’ his-
toric win. Visitors, exhibitors and BTC staff alike spoke with optimism and high expec-
tations of the year to come, echoing the upbeat atmosphere of The Schoolwear Show
the month before. Certainly, the garment brands are pushing ahead with gusto, judg-
ing by the number of new products for 2017 they were previewing at the event. Even
more telling, perhaps, the BTC warehouse was stuffed to the rafters with products and
there was continuous activity in the despatch area where order-after-order was being
processed, ready for transporting to the company’s customers nationwide.
So, how did 2016 treat you? And what are your expectations for 2017? We’ll be
indulging in a spot of trendspotting in our February issue and we’d like to include your
thoughts and predictions. Get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
Speaking of the February issue, this will be a landmark edition for us, as it marks the
25th anniversary of the first ever
magazine to roll off the presses. Before that
we’ll be bringing you details of all those new products for 2017 in our January What’s
New guide: there are some cracking new styles within those pages, I can assure you.
In the meantime, the holidays are almost upon us, which gives me the opportunity
to thank all of our readers for subscribing to
magazine, and to wish each and
every one of you a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year...
And one that is full of all the best kinds of surprises.
2016: How was it for you?
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