UK: Industry conference to look at 'Made in the UK'
The reality of manufacturing fashion in Britain is the focus of a new industry conference set to take place at the end of next month.
Organised by ASBCI, the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry, the 'Making it in the UK- Ready or not?' event is a follow-up to a conference the group hosted nearly two years ago.
"The response to that first conference was overwhelming and since then the drive to re-build the UK's garment manufacturing sector has gathered momentum," the industry body says.
Speakers have been assembled from the government, fashion retail, brand, manufacturing and training sectors - all of which are working to rejuvenate the UK's garment-making industry.
They will focus on giving practical advice and sharing their experiences, wisdom and visions on the future of UK garment making.
The keynote presentation 'British designed and British made - The magic ingredients' will be delivered by Christopher Nieper, managing director of UK-based nightwear and women's wear fashion brand David Nieper.
He will challenge modern UK-manufacturing models and reveal how the vertical company has adapted its business model to deliver continuous growth, even during the recession.
Continuing the vertical manufacturing theme Ian MacLean, managing director of John Smedley, will explain how the company has developed into one of Britain's most successful and enduring luxury knitwear brands and managed to maintain, grow and globalise its market.
Presenting the view of the volume retailer and UK manufacturer David Mellett, technical services and corporate purchase director at value fashion retailer Matalan will join forces with Chris Taylor, commercial & operations director at Leicester-based manufacturer Basic Thinking.
The two will explore the changing face of sourcing as retailers get behind British manufacturers and examine the challenges, particularly in recruiting the necessary technical skills.
On this theme Jenny Holloway, founder and managing director of Fashion Enter, one of the UK's largest sewing industry apprenticeship schemes, will talk about recent developments.
Lorna Fitzsimmons of the Lord Alliance project will also bring delegates up to date with the progress of the Government backed training scheme.
Also included in the line-up is a scene-setting presentation from market analyst Kurt Salmon, which will detail the reality of manufacturing in the UK, identify particular areas of growth and the role of the consumer in driving this growth.
And Kate Hills founder of the the 'Make it British' website, will explain how UK manufacturers are gaining business, the strategies they are implementing for making in the UK and how they are getting it right.
'Making it in the UK- Ready or not? The reality of manufacturing fashion in Britain' will take place on 25 February at The Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire, UK.
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