Christopher Nieper OBE, managing director at UK manufacturer and retailer David Nieper, will be one of the headline speakers at this year’s ‘Make it British Live’ sourcing show.

The event showcases British fashion and textile manufacturers and producers and will return to London next month.

David Nieper has long been a vocal proponent of British clothing manufacture, with all of the vertically-integrated company’s clothing made from first sketch to final stitch in its Derbyshire facilities.

The company recently commissioned an academic report into the environmental impact of offshore manufacturing, as part of a campaign to localise British manufacturing, which found 47% less emissions are created by manufacturing clothes in the UK.

David Nieper itself has a zero waste to landfill status and operates a just-in-time manufacturing policy to eliminate waste.

“The trend to manufacture overseas has not only decimated the jobs in British fashion, but it is having a disastrous effect on the planet. It stands to reason that sourcing offshore incurs thousands of air miles per garment and environmental standards are not the same in all countries. British retailers need to consider their entire supply chain and take more responsibility. Our report has shown that more than two-thirds of the emissions from UK clothing consumption occur in other countries,” Nieper says.

Make it British Live will take place on 17-18 March at the Business Design Centre and includes a two-day conference and trade show.

Click here to read just-style’s interview with David Nieper: The skills deficit is the biggest challenge for UK manufacturing