Clothing manufacturers, bag makers, fabric mills, knitwear factories, even a pottery…it’s your chance to find them all at ‘Meet the Manufacturer 2016’
One of the questions that I most often get asked is:
‘Where can I find a UK manufacturers to make my products, I’ve looked everywhere!?‘.
So in 2014 I set up an event to solve just that problem. A trade show and conference for the UK manufacturing industry called, for want of a better name at the time, Meet the Manufacturer.
The inaugural event was in 2014 and featured 56 manufacturers. This year the event will have over 150 suppliers to the UK fashion, textile and homewares industry. It is the place to come if you want to find a British manufacturer that can make a product to your specifications. It doesn’t matter whether your orders are large or small, there are different types of manufacturers there for everyone, and for every type of product.
Part of the reason that I set the show up was because I was amazed at how many people didn’t go and visit manufacturers and meet them face to face. I think this in-person networking is essential if you want to successfully make a product in the UK. I even wrote an article giving 5 good reasons why you should meet your manufacturer face to face – you can read it on our event website or on Linkedin here.
Alongside the trade show we also hold a conference, with leading industry speakers who can inspire you and help your business to understand the benefits and challenges of making in the UK.
This year’s conference even has the opportunity for you to take to the stage to be one of our speakers!
We are giving enterprising firms the chance to talk about their business in front of our audience of industry insiders, including key members of the UK trade press and buyers and sourcing directors from some of Britain’s largest store groups. You’ll have five minutes to tell the room about you product and your experiences of manufacturing in the UK. After the shortlisted companies have given their presentation a panel of experts will give their feedback on each business and at the end the audience will vote on which has the most potential to be a UK manufacturing success. The winner will then walk away with a prize worth £1000 for their business! Both brands and manufacturers can enter the competition – you’ve got until the end of April. More details here.
I look forward to seeing you at the show.
To find out more about the Meet the Manufacturer trade show and conference and to register for a free trade show pass or to buy a conference ticket visit our event website at: