The Fashion Exchange: Meet buyers and experts from the fashion industry

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61-95 Oxford Street


M1 6EG

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The Fashion Exchange

If you're looking to start or grow a fashion business, this is the event for you!

Join inspiring retail buyers, entrepreneurs and experts from the fashion industry for this one-day extravaganza.

How does the Fashion Exchange work?

Exchange events put in you in touch with large brand buyers looking for products just like yours. You'll hear advice from a variety of entrepreneurs who have been there and done it plus experts in topics such as sales, marketing and PR for the fashion industry.

You can bring along samples to display but please note there's limited space and it's on a first come, first served basis. Attendees, buyers, journalists and bloggers can view your products during the breaks. Please note Enterprise Nation is not liable for the safety and security of your products.

Get a feel for what our Exchange Events are like by watching this short video from the Beauty Exchange, the equivalent of this event for the beauty industry.

What will I learn at the event?

  • Top tips for buying and sourcing
  • How to grow from a start-up to a brand dressing major celebrities
  • How to grow your business on Facebook and Instagram
  • What retail buyers are looking for
  • How to raise funds
  • How to get your brand noticed
  • How to pop-up and create a new sales channel for your business
  • Much more!

The agenda

09.00am: Registration and set up

09.20am: Welcome from Enterprise Nation: Emma Jones, founder

09.30am: Square up to your brand sales
A Square representative will interview a successful beauty brand for top tips on how to start, run and grow your business.

10.00am: How to build a fashion empire
Scott Shashua, co-founder of The Couture Club tells his story of building a multi-million pound fashion empire from only £5000 investment. The brand now dresses celebrities and have opened two shops. Hear his top tips for success.

10.30am: How to win consistently with customers online and offline
Miya Knights has nearly 20 years' experience as a journalist, editor and research director specialising in enterprise technology use in retail. Her extensive experience means she can deliver top tips for succeeding in retail both online and offline.

11.00am: Five clear steps to starting a fashion brand
Fashion brand consultant Elizabeth Stiles has a decade of experience in the fashion industry, working for brands like Miss Selfridge, Next and George at Asda. She knows the buying and supply process inside out and is sharing her top tips with you.

11.30am: Coffee break

11:50am: Selling on the High Street: How pop-up stores are back in fashion!
Learn about the opportunities the High Street has to offer for fashion brands, including setting up your own pop-up shop, trading at markets and much more.

  • Hatch - Learn from Andrea George, director of retail and leisure at Bruntwood about the opportunities the High Street has to offer for fashion brands, including setting up your own pop-up shop, the benefits of destinations such as Hatch and Afflecks Palace for small traders and much more.
  • Clicks and mortar

12:20pm: Design, create, sell
Fashion industry expert and founder of Fashion Angel Alison Lewy ran her own design and manufacturing business for 15 years producing under her own label as well as consulting on sourcing and production for designers including Matthew Williamson and Preen. Get Alison’s top tips on running a successful fashion brand.

12:50pm: Show me the money
Everything you need to know about money from a panel of experts on cash flow, margins and raising funds.

  • Seedrs
  • Fashion Angel

1.15pm: From making clothes in a tiny bedroom to dressing Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande
Hear from Zara Khalique, founder of KEEP IT BRIGHT, on how she started a positivity movement and lifestyle brand from her bedroom in a council flat, that is now worn by Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande.

1:45pm: Lunch break and showcase your products
Head out to a nearby eatery but come back quickly as this is the perfect time to showcase your products!

2.30pm: Growing your business on Facebook and Instagram
A panel of Facebook accredited #SheMeansBusiness trainers and social media experts will be providing tips on how you can build your business online, reach new audiences and generate more sales.

3.00pm: Building your brand online
Big Commerce deliver top tips on how to build a website that creates a first impression, and how to keep customers coming back.

3.30pm: Meet the buyer
Get in front of retail buyers from N Brown, the company behind Simply Be, Jacamo and JD Williams to learn about new industry trends for 2019 and what buyers look for in a brand.

4.00pm: Live pitching to buyers
Enterprise Nation members attending the event have the exclusive opportunity to apply to pitch products to the buyers from N Brown live on stage. If you're not an Enterprise Nation member, you can become one by buying the ticket option that includes membership.

4.30pm: Event ends

About Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation is the UK's most active small business network and we have helped thousands of people turn their good idea into a great business.

Include in this ticket is a free month of Enterprise Nation membership, which gives you access to exclusive opportunities to grow your business and connects you with like-minded entrepreneurs and business experts who can help. Once you have activated your membership, you can cancel at any time.


Bruntwood own, let and manage outstanding buildings, workspace, and retail space. They are a leading property partner to over 3,000 businesses across Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, Leeds and Birmingham. From start-ups and SMEs to multinationals, they work with at least one business in every sector.

Bruntwood is led by one purpose: creating thriving cities. Its deep connection with the places it works in sets it apart; and for more than forty years, everything Bruntwood has achieved has been with this purpose in mind.

Event partners

Square, Big Commerce and ICAEW

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Please note, in the event you are unable to attend this event due to cancellation from yourself or Enterprise Nation, we are unable to refund any associated costs such as hotel or travel.

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