The Make it British Forum - How to Develop a 'Made in Britain' Brand
in association with the UK Fashion & Textile Association and supported by Elite Labels
Wednesday 26th October 2016, De Montfort University, Leicester
Join Make it British and the UKFT in the brand new Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities at De Montfort University for an unmissable event held as part of the Leicester Business Festival.
Learn the tools of the trade for successfully manufacturing in the UK
This one day conference will provide you with the knowledge and tools required to successfully manufacture, promote and sell a fashion brand that is made in the UK.
Make it British believes that there is great value in making in the UK, from the convenience and speed of having a factory on your doorstep, to the consumer confidence that is gained by displaying a 'Made in Britain' label. But developing a product that is manufactured in the UK is not always easy.
This forum aims to equip you with the expertise required to help you build your British-made brand - from industry experts that have already succesfully built great British brands
Hear from a line-up of knowledgable industry experts, from both the brand and manufacturing side, who will help provide solutions to some of your challenges and set you well on the way to developing a great 'Made in Britain' business.
You will leave this event having learnt the following:
- What classifies a product as 'Made in Britain' in your industry
- How to produce a spec pack, or find someone that can help you to produce one
- What to look for in a factory partner and what questions to ask when meeting a new supplier
- Whether you need an NDA when working with a manufacturer
- The most common manufacturing pitfalls and how to avoid them
- The best ways to negotiate with a factory
- How to promote your British-made brand
- The best ways to approach buyers to get your product in their stores
- and much, much more!
Speaker line-up includes:
Justine Tabak, Founder, Justine Tabak
Having worked for big names such as Boden and L.K. Bennett, Justine has recently launched her own eponymous womenswear brand, manufactured entirely in the UK. She’ll be sharing the trials and tribulations of developing the brand, and offering advice on the things that she has learnt along the way.
Karen Tickle, Founder, Ticklish Kids
Karen has many years experience as working for a designer across many areas of the fashion industry. Her most recent project is the launch of her own childrenswear label. Alongside this she also works for a knitwear manufacturer in Leicester as their in house designer. Karen has some great tips on how to work with and find a designer, as well as what design work needs to be prepared in order to work succesfully with a UK factory.
Ask the Experts - Production and Sourcing
Simon Platts, Sourcing Director, ASOS and Stuart Cass, Sourcing Consultant, Stuart Cass Agency (ex-All Saints & Urban Outfitters), who between them have over 40 years of production experience, will be answering questions on how to successfully find and work with a good UK manufacturing partner. What are the pitfalls? and how can you avoid them?
Ask the Experts - Manufacturing
What do manufacturers need from you in order to develop a good working partnership? This is your chance to find out, as we have drafted in three extremely knowledgable experts from across the industry:
Fabric manufacturer Simon Cook, from Discovery Knitting, who has an encylopeadic knowledge of garment manufacturing in Leicester and who has been helping brands to launch British-made labels successfully for years.
Lorna Turner, who is an accessories designer & leather goods maker with 18 years fashion industry experience working for both supplier and retailer.
Saf Ismail, from Elite Labels understands the entire supply chain, having provided businesses from start-ups to multi-nationals with branding, labelling and packaging solutions for many years.
Jess McGuire-Dudley, Marketing & Design Director, John Smedley
After starting her career in knitwear with the luxury brand TSE cashmere, Jess played a pivotal role in launching their diffusion brand TSEsay within the UK, before moving on to work for the acclaimed Mary ‘Queen of Shops’ Portas at the agency Yellow Door. Since joining John Smedley as Marketing & Design Director in 2014, Jess has been instrumental in driving the balance between heritage and innovation at John Smedley. Her keynote talk will address how marketing, PR and branding play an intrinsic role in communicating the 'Made in Britain' message to the customer.
Paul Alger is Director of International Affairs at the UK Fashion and Textile Association, and there is not much he doesn't know about exporting. He has worked with designers and manufacturers for years offering business advice and support and will give the low down on overseas trade shows and export.
PLEASE NOTE: Based on how busy our Make it British 'Meet the Manufacturer' conferences and seminars are, this event is sure to be a sell-out. We therefore strongly advise booking your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Attending this event provides a great opportunity to network with other businesses within the fashion industry that are making in the UK - If you have a business like this, or are looking to launch one, then you need to be at this forum!
Established in 1986 as a printed textile label manufacturer, Elite Labels Ltd has grown to become a leading supplier in the label market. Their clients include the most prestigious names in fashion, much loved high street retailers, the character license industries and edgier brands looking to enhance their credibility with a niche audience.
Working closely with their customers, developing and innovating, they are fully equipped to meet the demands of ever-changing trends in labelling concepts. Elite Labels manufacture all types of labels through to retail packaging. Whatever you need to label your garment with, they have it all. Visit www.elitelabelsltd.co.uk to find out more.
TRAVEL TO THE EVENT
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
The closest train station is Leicester
Bus and train stations are located in the city centre.
High speed train links connect Leicester to London and many other large towns and cities, while bus and coach services provide great value and reliable connections across Leicester and to most parts of the UK.
Park and ride services are also provided in the city.
Visit dmu.ac.uk/publictransport for links to public transport routes, timetables and journey planners.
Leicester is just off the M1 and close to the main A1, allowing easy access to the north and south. The M69 and M6 are also close by and offer access to Birmingham, Wales and the South West.
Public car parks
The following car parks are located close to the venue:
Newarke Street LE1 5SP
Multi-storey, operated by Leicester City Council
Approx five minute walk from campus
Open Mon–Sat 6.30am–1am
Charges (pay on foot): from £1.40 for one hour
Disabled Badge Holders free
Free cycle racks and free parking
for motor cyclists
St Nicholas Circle LE1 4LF
Multi-storey, operated by NCP
Approx 10 minute walk from campus
Open 24 hours
Charges (pay on foot): from £3.30 for two hours
Welford Road LE2 7AD
Multi-storey, operated by NCP
Approx seven minute walk from campus
Open 24 hours
Charges (pay on foot): from £4.40 for two hours
LE1 4QJ (John Lewis car park, Vaughan Way, open 24 hours)
LE1 4AN (rooftop car park, Freeschool Lane, open 24 hours)
Multi-stories, operated by Highcross
Approx 12 minute walk from campus
Charges: from £2.50 for two hours
Granby Halls LE2 6BE
Surface level, operated by NCP
Approx 15 minute walk from campus
Open 24 hours
Charges (pay and display): from £2.90
for two hours