PHASE FOUR - WHERE NEXT?
Romney Tweed has proved that Savile Row quality worsted cloth can be woven from the wool of the Romney (or Kent) breed. We are pioneering the concepts of a distinctively English tweed woven from the wool of a single breed.
Romney Tweed has now moved into its own home at The Granary in Old Romney, opposite one of the iconic and historic churches of Romney Marsh. This will bring together our administration, sales, and education activities, and provide the platform for the next stage of our development.
In the coming months we will build on what we have already achieved to develop markets for Romney Tweed, including bespoke designs, products made from Romney Tweed, and uses in interior design. This will be rooted in support and advice from established professionals in Yorkshire and from experienced figures in the wool industry.
At the same time we will look for ways of advancing our social purposes in the service of the Romney Marsh community. This will embrace weaving courses (building on a pilot course held in January 2018) and the potential for jobs and apprenticeships. We will look for ways of developing entrepreneurship and creative skills in partnership with schools.
We have had generous financial support to enable us to develop the way forward. We have also had support from supporters of Romney Tweed through a crowd funding project. We shall build on this to secure funding and investment both for our commercial and our social purposes.