The feasibility of reviving the UK manufacturing sector and moving garment production back to the country will be the focus of a major industry conference taking place later this year.

'Made in the UK - fashioning a future for British clothing manufacturers' is being organised by the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) on 25 September 2012

The conference will platform speakers from retail organisations, brands and garment industry professionals including JBarbour & Sons, Johnstons of Elgin, the Pentland Group and Shop Direct Group.

They will reveal what they are doing to bring all or elements of their supply chains back shore and will highlight the obstacles they have encountered and overcome.

The conference will also detail an exciting new collaborative fashion apprenticeship program instigated by industry portal Fashion Enter, the University of East London and fashion employers that will equip a new generation with vital production skills.

"For the first time in over 15 years some of the high street's most influential retail names are looking at the feasibility of sourcing from the UK's clothing manufacturing sector," explains Julie King, events chairman for the ASBCI and head of fashion and textiles at De Montfort University.

"We have invited speakers who are actively involved in UK-based production to share their experiences with the wider industry."

'Made in the UK - fashioning a future for British clothing manufacturers' will take place on 25 September 2012 at the Marriott Worsley Park Hotel near Manchester. Click here to contact Stephanie Ingham, ASBCI company secretary, about bookings and further information.