TV show behind new jobs
Outlander fans inspire overseas growth for mill
Glasgow-based Ingles Buchan is supplying merchandise from its mill in Selkirk for fans of the show in Europe, Canada and the US.
It first became involved with Outlander two years ago when it created five tartans for characters in the hit series. As ratings soared, fans began to request the tartans featured on screen.
The company is now weaving its first order after receiving a six-figure funding package from Clydesdale Bank. It is creating jobs as a result of its Outlander merchandise which will be woven in Selkirk before products are manufactured in Glasgow.
Ingles Buchan has created specialist tartans in the past, including patterns for Barcelona, Celtic and Rangers football clubs, and a tartan to commemorate the Papal visit to Scotland in 2010.
Colin Brown, managing director, said: “We’re thrilled at becoming a supplier of genuine Outlander tartan merchandise. Producing the range will be a real boost for our business and our plans to grow.
“In recent years Scotland’s textiles industry has been in decline but we have shown that demand remains for high quality, traditional cloth.”
Canadian merchandising business AbbyShot, based in Newfoundland, will act as a key supplier of the goods which will include kilts, scarves, hats and bags.
Bonnie Edgecombe Cook, president of AbbyShot, said: “The Made in Scotland tag is so important to us as well as to the loyal fans of the show, and we couldn’t have asked for a better partnership than the one which we have with Ingles Buchan.”
Deyrick Smith, Clydesdale Bank’s head of commercial and small business in Scotland, said: “We are proud to support Ingles Buchan, a strong and well managed business which is promoting Scotland’s textiles industry on a world stage thanks to its Outlander success.”