Robert Gordon University’s is joining forces with Harris Tweed Hebrides, as the company looks to explore product developments and new international markets.
The organisations will work together for two years under a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the aim of providing year-round and sustainable business demand for the Harris Tweed Hebrides brand and the home weaver industry on the isles of Lewis and Harris.
Harris Tweed Hebrides, which is the largest of the three tweed mills currently in operation, produces 65 per cent of all Harris Tweed manufactured. The organisation works with a network of 140 skilled weavers, who all work independently on a treadle loom.
Under the guidance of RGU academics, Josie Steed from Gray’s School of Art, and Karen Cross from the School of Creative and Cultural Business, and a KTP associate, Beth Wilson, the partnership will look to embed sustainable business practices and a culture of innovation-led design into Harris Tweed Hebrides.
Marketing manager at Harris Tweed Hebrides…