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MBE Awarded to John Smedley MD Ian Maclean

We would like to congratulate Ian Maclean, Managing Director at John Smedley for being awarded an MBE for services to the fashion industry & the response to Covid-19 in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020.

Speaking about the award Ian stated: “Twenty years seems to have passed in the blink of an eye and I am extremely humbled to have been nominated by my peers for this wonderful award. I have always wanted to see the UK textile industry on a growth path, and so much of our good work has been temporarily halted by Covid-19, this might be cause for us to lose heart. However, in the May-July period this year I saw so many amazing individuals and companies in our industry rally around to manufacture and gift scrubs to NHS doctors, nurses and carers, it gives me a lot of confidence for the future. I enjoy my work for UKFT and QEST so much, I feel that together with others in our industry, we can ultimately bring about a revolution in the way textiles are made in the UK. Finally, I would like to thank Jess McGuire-Dudley, my colleagues and staff at John Smedley who were all so professional, positive and helpful in doing something amazing – for those amazing people who work for us in the NHS and care sector.” – Ian Maclean

John Smedley Chairman, Dr Bryan Jackson CBE also added “I am delighted that Ian’s commitment to do something so positive was recognised in the awarding of an MBE. He will be keen to share this with the team as he sees all who work at Smedley as family”

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