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Cole Fabrics PLC

The name Cole has been linked with the textile industry since the early 1900's when H. E. Cole & Co. Ltd operated two fabric mills in Leicester and Whetstone and employed over one hundred people in its heyday.

H. E. Cole & Co Ltd, also known as "King Cole", specialised in the manufacture of knitted hosiery garments and were widely known for producing their "unshrinkable" underwear until the business ceased trading in the 1930's.

In 1974, the Cole family set up a new company to purchase a new roll fabric slitting machine and produce and sell slit acetate satin ribbon to the garment labelling industry. Based on Newdigate Street in Nottingham, this company was the beginning of the Cole Fabrics Plc you know today.

In 1983, the business moved to its current location on Ludlow Hill Road in West Bridgford, Nottingham, having expanded it's operation with the purchase of a further five slitting machines and taken on more staff to cope with the demand for its products.

Cole Fabrics diversified its product lines in to decorative ribbon products and packaging accessories when they merged with Romandus Ribbons in 1998, who were based in Croydon at the time. Romandus relocated to Nottingham bringing a wealth of experience with it as well as more machinery requiring a further expansion of Cole's manufacturing operation in to surrounding buildings.

1999 saw Cole Fabrics Plc expanding even further with the acquisition of TayTec, a specialist woven edge ribbon manufacturing operation in Red Scar Business Park, Preston, Lancashire which allowed Cole Fabrics Plc to produce and dye its own high quality woven edge ribbon product lines.

The expansion continued in 2005 with the creation of Cole Fabrics Far East Ltd. Cole Fabrics Far East Ltd and Cole Fabrics Plc work together on shared projects and also work independently for a variety of customers across the world.

Most recently Cole Fabrics Plc established a joint venture in 2008 in Italy called Global Ribbons Italia Srl with an associate business from France, in order to offer products from both businesses through a single outlet directly in to the Italian market.

Cole Fabrics Plc has clients ranging from specialist cake producers through to national and multinational fashion and retail clients from all over the world. By working with such a varied customer base we have developed skills and experience which allow us to take on and manage complex projects and help develop a product to suit the needs of your business.


Products

Continuous Striped Ribbon

Continuous Striped Ribbon

Continuous Stripe on both edges of the Ribbon. Available in our full range of 750 colours. Other print colours available on request.

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Decorative Ribbons

Decorative Ribbons

If you are looking for Decorative Ribbons then please contact Cole Fabrics PLC Ltd for a quote. Based in Nottingham we are able to provide a quick and...

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Double Face Woven Edge Ribbon

Double Face Woven Edge Ribbon

As a leading knitted hosiery garments supplier, Cole Fabrics PLC Ltd is proud to offer a polished service to all it’s customers. Please visit our webs...

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Duo Coloured Ribbon

Duo Coloured Ribbon

Cole Fabrics PLC Ltd can provide Duo Coloured Ribbon throughout the UK. Contact our attentive staff via email or phone and tell us your requirements. ...

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Embossed Edge Ribbon

Embossed Edge Ribbon

Acetate Satin which has an embossed edged running down both edges of the ribbon.

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Folded Blanket Binding

Folded Blanket Binding

Folded Blanket binding. Shades available White 1, Cream 2, Pink 3, Peach 6, Sky 7 & Primrose 41. Rolls of 25 metres.

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Garment Label Ribbons

Garment Label Ribbons

As one of the UK’s leadings suppliers of knitted hosiery garments, Cole Fabrics PLC Ltd have built a reputation for high levels of customer care and s...

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Glitter Metallic Ribbon

Glitter Metallic Ribbon

If it’s Glitter Metallic Ribbon you are looking for then look no further. Cole Fabrics PLC Ltd have been helping our clients source their products wit...

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Liquid Metallic Ribbon

Liquid Metallic Ribbon

Providing quality products at competitive prices is our aim here at Cole Fabrics PLC Ltd. We pride ourselves on being a leading knitted hosiery garmen...

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Lurex Threaded Ribbon

Lurex Threaded Ribbon

Thanks for visiting our page on Find the Needle. If you are looking to source Lurex Threaded Ribbon then Cole Fabrics PLC Ltd can help you. Simply con...

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Metallic Ribbons

Metallic Ribbons

Cole Fabrics PLC Ltd are committed to providing the highest quality service to all customers. If you are looking for Metallic Ribbons then we will be ...

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Metallic Wired Edge Ribbon

Metallic Wired Edge Ribbon

When it comes to Metallic Wired Edge Ribbon, Cole Fabrics PLC Ltd are a market leader. Please contact us on +44 (0) 115 923 6000 for more information ...

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Nylon Ribbon

Nylon Ribbon

Here at Cole Fabrics PLC Ltd we are a dynamic company always looking to improve all aspects of our business. If you have an enquiry regarding Nylon Ri...

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Personalised Ribbon

Personalised Ribbon

Being regarded as one of the UK's leading knitted hosiery garments specialists, we believe we can meet any of your Personalised Ribbon requirements. P...

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Picot Edge Ribbon

Picot Edge Ribbon

We are widely regarded as one of the leading knitted hosiery garments providers and are confident in both our product and customer service abilities. ...

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Plain Ribbons

Plain Ribbons

Cole Fabrics PLC pride ourselves on meeting your Plain Ribbons requirements. We are a leading knitted hosiery garments supplier based in Nottinghamsh...

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Polyester Fused Edge Ribbon

Polyester Fused Edge Ribbon

Our vast experience of providing customers with the best customer service means expert help and advice when you are looking for Polyester Fused Edge R...

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Polyester Grosgrain Ribbon

Polyester Grosgrain Ribbon

Cole Fabrics PLC offers a wide selection of products. Our professional staff will be happy to quote for Polyester Grosgrain Ribbon if you call us on...

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Polyester Satin Ribbon

Polyester Satin Ribbon

Cole Fabrics PLC offers well priced Polyester Satin Ribbon and prompt efficient service. Call +44 (0) 115 923 6000 or visit our website http://www.co...

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Polyester Taffeta Ribbon

Polyester Taffeta Ribbon

Your search for Polyester Taffeta Ribbon is probably over. Cole Fabrics PLC prides itself on the supply of knitted hosiery garments. Call us on +44 (0...

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Printed Ribbon

Printed Ribbon

Based in Nottinghamshire, Cole Fabrics PLC is an established company providing a comprehensive range of Printed Ribbon. We provide a specialist servi...

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Ribbon Manufacturers

Ribbon Manufacturers

Welcome to Cole Fabrics PLC. We will provide you with an introduction to the range of Ribbon Manufacturers and services we can offer from our base i...

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Sheer Ribbon

Sheer Ribbon

Call on +44 (0) 115 923 6000 or visit our website at http://www.colefabrics.com for all your Sheer Ribbon requirements.

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Silver Foil Printed Ribbon

Silver Foil Printed Ribbon

Cole Fabrics PLC is a Company with many years experience of providing customers with the best customer service. We have a range of qualified staff to...

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Tartan Ribbon

Tartan Ribbon

Our headquarters is based in Nottinghamshire. Our fully qualified staff will be pleased to help you. Call us on +44 (0) 115 923 6000 or visit our webs...

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Woven Edge Ribbon

Woven Edge Ribbon

Cole Fabrics PLC has developed its business activities over the years as a distributor of knitted hosiery garments and services. Our main area is Nott...

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News

Improvements to 750 Acetate Satin Quality

Improvements to 750 Acetate Satin Quality

Quality 750 Acetate Satin As part of our policy of continuous improvement, we are in the process of making a change to this product. By increasing the...

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Interviewed by the BBC

Interviewed by the BBC

Cole Fabrics Director John Kingsley has been interviewed by the BBC regarding the collapse of BHS and its effect on his business.Listen to the intervi...

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Packaging Innovations 2016

Packaging Innovations 2016

Packaging Innovations, London 2016, was once again a resounding success for Cole Fabrics. Packaging Innovations, London 2016, was once again a resou...

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Our new van has your ribbon all wrapped up.

Our new van has your ribbon all wrapped up.

It's time for our new van to hit the road, taking your ribbon up and down the country. Customised with the help of Absolute Design and Blueprint th...

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Packaging Innovation 2015 Show

Packaging Innovation 2015 Show

This year the show moved to the Olympia in London. Packaging Innovations was a great opportunity for us to meet with existing clients and new conta...

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Pack & Gift Trade Fair 2015

Pack & Gift Trade Fair 2015

We are exhibiting with our friends Sin Rejac as this years Pack & Gift Trade Show 2015. Please come to our stand to see our new line of bags and th...

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Our Short Film - Inspire, Add Ribbon.

Our Short Film - Inspire, Add Ribbon.

We have made a short film about Cole Fabrics and what we do, we hope you like it. We worked with Nottingham based film makers Astronaut Creative to...

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Investing In British Manufacturing

Investing In British Manufacturing

Cole Fabrics has invested nearly £1,000,000 in its two UK manufacturing sites. Cole Fabrics has invested nearly £1,000,000 in its two UK manufactur...

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Cole Fabrics Support the MacMillan Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction

Cole Fabrics Support the MacMillan Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction

Cole Fabrics have donated ribbon for use in this years MacMillan Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction. We have donated some Gold Satin ribbon for use...

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Shows Over

Shows Over

Cole Fabrics are delighted to report that the 2012 Packaging Innovations show at which we exhibited last week was a huge success. It was great to meet...

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Cole Fabrics at Packaging Innovations London 2012

Cole Fabrics at Packaging Innovations London 2012

We're exhibiting at the Packaging Innovations London 2012 Exhibition, come say Hello! We're bringing our new look to the Packaging Innovations London...

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Cole Fabrics are pleased to support the Breast Cancer Care Show 2012

Cole Fabrics are pleased to support the Breast Cancer Care Show 2012

Cole Fabrics Plc is pleased to support the Breast Cancer Care Show 2012 which takes place on the 3rd October at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Mayfair ht...

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New Accreditations Section

New Accreditations Section

New accreditations section with certificates to download. We've added a page containing details of accreditations and standards we work to and made o...

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Cole Fabrics Sponsors 9th London Packaging Dinner

Cole Fabrics Sponsors 9th London Packaging Dinner

Cole Fabrics are proud to have sponsored the 9th London Packaging Dinner for Packaging, Design and Print which was held at The Landmark Hotel, London ...

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A short film about Cole Fabrics Plc, created by Astronaut Creative.

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