Bombyx PLM

Bombyx Partners with University of Leeds to Provide Software to the Innovators of Tomorrow

Press Release from C4DI. Written by Courtney Farrow of Bloom Creative

C4DI-based Bombyx PLM has partnered up with the University of Leeds to add PLM to its curriculum and give students a taste of the reality of the fashion industry today, as well as its digital future.

From November 2019, the platform will be available across BA and MA fashion courses at the University of Leeds, giving students a real-life glimpse at what their jobs could be like after graduating. 

“Bombyx provides fantastic training, with a fully-functional PLM system that our students can use and experience,” enthuses Pammi Sinha, Associate Professor of Fashion Management, University of Leeds.


“The students will fully understand the contexts for how the business of fashion product development happens in the way that it does,” says Muriel Rigout, Associate Professor, Textile and Printing and Design, University of Leeds.

Leeds University is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, with more than 38,000 students from 150 different countries. A member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, Leeds is a top ten university for research and impact power in the UK and recognized as one of the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings 2020.

“The system is intuitive in nature and user-friendly for students and tutors alike. This experience of PLM is invaluable for our students as they search for careers within the fashion and textile industry,” Pammi adds.

Lucy Blackley, Founder of Bombyx PLM
Lucy Blackley, Founder of Bombyx PLM

Founder of Bombyx, Lucy Blackley, started her career in the fashion industry and is a former garment technologist and product development lead.

Over the past decade, she has worked with several household names, including Arcadia Group, Very, and Next. She has experienced first-hand how product development teams work and believes the current software available isn’t designed around the people using and relying on it every day.  

“We help people get back to what they do best, so they don’t have to spend hours of their day (and night) poring over tedious admin tasks,” Lucy tells us.

Bombyx winning Best Tech Startup at the Hull and Humber Tech Awards 2019
Bombyx winning Best Tech Startup at the Hull and Humber Tech Awards 2019

Recently winning Best Tech Startup at the Hull and Humber Tech Awards, the Bombyx brand continues to take on a life of its own, advocating wellbeing in the workplace, environmental sustainability, and ethical manufacturing, all while offering an effortless, user-centric software to product development teams. 

On top of all of this, Lucy has been shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Digital Entrepreneur Awards, nominated for Barclays Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and a headline speaker at the inaugural Tech Expo Humber. 

“Partnering with Leeds University is brilliant for us, as it means we can work with students who are about to enter the industry and continue to develop our product around the next generation of the industry.”