Proudly Manufacturing
In Blackburn
Since 1860


Cookson & Clegg are pleased to announce the launch of our new BSI Kitemarked General Purpose Face Covering

Cookson & Clegg are pleased to announce the launch of the CC-3LCFC, 3 Layer Community Face Covering manufactured at our new state-of-the-art facility in Blackburn.

CC-3LCFC conforms to Afnor S76 001 and CEN CWA 17553:2020  and has been tested and approved by BSI under the new face covering Kitemark scheme.

If you would like to purchase facemasks directly please visit our retail webshop. For businesses and other customers wishing to purchase larger volumes please email

General Specification:

  • 3 layer non-woven construction
  • Melt blown polypropylene filter layer
  • Spun bond polypropylene inner and outer shell layers
  • Latex free ear loop
  • Integrated nose wise

 Not classified as PPE or Medical Product

About Us Who Are Cookson & Clegg?


Cookson & Clegg were founded in Blackburn in 1860. The firm began as leather curriers and manufacturers of boot uppers. By the 1930’s they were producing jerkins, flying helmets and other leather products for the British Army. Throughout the later part of the 20th century Cookson & Clegg were a major supplier of military outerwear, legwear and other sewn products to the British Army and other armed forces.  


Today the firm employs those same skills essential in the production of military grade products and applies them to the manufacturing of premium quality textile products including clothing and protective wear. Our clothing division manufactures outerwear, jerseywear and legwear for many of the UK’s finest premium clothing brands. Our protective wear division manufactures scrubs, gowns and disposable and reusable face coverings for medical and non-medical applications. We operate across two sites in Blackburn with Darwen totalling 45,000 square feet of state of the art production space, with capacity to produce up to 50,000 sewn products and 500,000 ultrasonically welded products a week.

supplying the uk’s finest brands 

Services In House - in the UK

Pattern Cutting

Pattern Cutting

Our experienced in-house pattern cutting team can work from drawings, tech packs, toiles or sample garments to produce manufacturing ready patterns.

Digitising & Grading

Digitising & Grading

Once we have created your pattern we digitise and grade ready for sampling in required sizes, and ready for bulk manufacturing.

If you have an existing pattern that you would like to use we provide a simple digitisation and grading service.

We operate on a Lectra system and are happy to accept patterns in digital format.



Our skilled team of sample machinists produce prototypes and finalised production and sales samples.

Bulk Manufacturing

Bulk Manufacturing

We manage incoming fabrics and trims in our on-site warehouse. 

Our skilled team cut and sew bulk orders of typically 200 to 10,000 pieces. 

All garments are trimmed, pressed, quality inspected and packed before being returned to our warehouse ready for dispatch.


Over its 160 year history Cookson & Clegg has gone from producing leather products to manufacturing some of the world’s most robust, functional and iconic pieces of military apparel. From WWII battle dress to cold war era arctic wear we have built our reputation upon the quality of the products we manufacture.

Proudly manufacturing
for one hundred and fifty years


Our modern purpose built factories were opened in 2002 and 2020 respectively, with both conveniently sited with excellent links to the M65, M61 and M6.

Our multi-skilled team are experts in the cutting, sewing and ultrasonic welding of a broad range of textiles from traditional woven fabrics in natural yarns, woven synthetic fabrics included coated and bonded fabrics, and non-woven fabrics and laminates.

Our clothing facility is equipped with a broad range of advanced sewing equipment, including Juki DDL-9000B-SH & DLN5410N-7 lockstitch flat bed machines and needle-feeds, LH-896 programmable automatic pocket jet sewing machine, MMS MK18s button wrapping, Brother DT6-B926-7A three needle feed-off-the-arm chainstitch and DH4-B980-01 programmable button hole. Ardmel MK4-1 set-up gives us the capability to tape seams on waterproof garments.

Our protective wear facility is equipped with a broad range of automated, semi-automated and manual ultrasonic welding equipment, sterilisation chambers, and automated packaging lines.

State-of-the-art facility

Our Customers Trusted by designers and brands

  • Exceptional quality

    The Cookson team making developing and producing exceptional quality clothing simple. 

    Ikla Wright
    Design Director, E.Tautz
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  • Invaluable

    Their ability to deliver great quality products, in volume, at sensible prices makes Cookson & Clegg invaluable to the Community Clothing supply chain.

    Lucy Clayton
    CEO, Community Clothing
  • Best in UK

    This is a very special factory to us because of the connections from WW2 and we are continuing to work with them on updated military styles.  They are the best in UK for this.

    Nigel Cabourn
    Founder, Nigel Cabourn

Jobs Current vacancies at our factory

Production Operatives

We are looking production operatives to work across manual and semi-automated machinery on our PPE production lines.

As a Production Operative you will be:
  • Working as part of a production line operating manual & semi-automated machines
Skills required:
  • No experienced needed, training will be provided
  • Ability to work accurately and to highest quality in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to perform under pressure and meet team targets
  • Understanding of spoken English
Desired Experience
  • Experience working in a high-volume fast paced environment
  • Experience of running semi-automated machinery

Experienced Machinists

We are looking for experienced machinists to join our growing team. Experience working with woven garments for high-end brands is essential as is being skilled in a wide range of machines.

As a machinist you will be:
  • Sewing production garments as part of a team
  • Good at following instructions
Skills required:
  • Min 3 years’ experience as a clothing machinist
  • Ability to work accurately and to highest quality in a fast-paced environment
  • Thorough knowledge of multiple sewing techniques, garment construction, manufacturing processes
  • Experience of using a variety of industrial sewing machines used for the production of clothing
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to perform under pressure and meet team targets
  • Understanding of spoken English

To apply for this job please email with a copy of your CV.

Contact Blackburn: at the heart of Lancashire's advanced textile industry


Sovereign House,
Lions Drive,
Shadsworth Business Park,
Blackburn, Lancashire,

Unit C Tower Business Park
Commercial Road
T. +44 (0)1254 51692

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