Patrick Grant Great British Sewing Bee

The Great British Sewing Bee’s Patrick Grant joins our speaker line up

Patrick Grant to open Make it British ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ conference

Patrick Grant, creative director of Norton & Sons and E. Tautz and presenter of The Great British Sewing Bee

Patrick Grant, creative director of Norton & Sons and E. Tautz and presenter of The Great British Sewing Bee

We are delighted to announce that Patrick Grant will open our Meet the Manufacturer conference on 3 June, addressing the issue of the return of the manufacturing of clothing and textiles to the UK.

“Producing locally makes good business sense. We need buyers and manufacturers, with a passion for clothing, craftsmanship and British brands, to work better to grow the industry and ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ is the ideal platform to do that.” Patrick Grant, Creative Director, Norton & Sons and E. Tautz

He will be joined by an inspiring line-up of leading manufacturers, fashion brands and industry experts, including Jermyn Street shirt maker, Emma Willis MBE and David Suddens, chairman of Dr Martens. They will provide advice and real-life experiences of building British businesses, developing the skills for future generations and how to successfully manufacture in the UK.

Emma Willis MBE, David Suddens (Dr Martens) and Lucy Siegle (The Guardian/ The One Show)

Emma Willis MBE (Emma Willis Shirts), David Suddens (Dr Martens) and Lucy Siegle (The Guardian/ The One Show)

Broadcaster and award-winning journalist, Lucy Siegle, will chair the proceedings, including a panel discussion with Lorna Fitzsimons of the Alliance Project; Simon Colbeck, head of innovation and quality at Marks and Spencer and Mick Cheema, of Basic Premier. Some heated debates are expected as they discuss the challenges of creating British-made products for a mass market.

Christopher Nieper (David Nieper), Simon Colbeck (M&S) and Lorna Fitzsimons (The Alliance Project)

Christopher Nieper (David Nieper), Simon Colbeck (M&S) and Lorna Fitzsimons (The Alliance Project)

Organised by Make it British, the ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ conference and trade show will take place on 3 and 4 June 2015 at Tobacco Dock, London.  One and two-day conference tickets can be purchased at www.meetthemanufacturer.co.uk with day one targeted at bigger brands and retailers aiming to re-shore back to the UK and day two focused on inspiring smaller companies looking to launch and build Great British brands and work with UK factories.

Attendees can also meet exhibitors from across the fashion and textile sectors at the ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ trade show and there will be networking lunches on both days of the conference.  Over 3,000 clothing brands, retailers, buyers and manufacturers are expected to come together to find out how to make UK manufacturing work for them and meet face-to-face with British factories and suppliers.

“We are poised at the start of a new industrial revolution in textile and clothing manufacturing, but this will only happen if retailers, buyers, brands and manufacturers get together to make it happen.” Kate Hills, Founder and CEO, Make it British

To find out more about the conference and to book tickets please visit our event website.

www.meetthemanufacturer.co.uk

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