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9 Best Ways to Find a UK Clothing Manufacturer

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Are you looking for a UK clothing manufacturer for your small business or start-up? Look no further than within the UK. When it comes to sourcing a clothing manufacturer for your small business there are a whole host of reasons why it’s to your advantage to have your garments made in Britain. (You can read…

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14 clothing manufacturers for small businesses

Looking for a clothing manufacturer for your small business? Look no further than within the UK.  The following British clothing manufacturers are all members of Make it British and can help you with sampling and production. When it comes to sourcing a clothing manufacturer for your small business there are a whole host of reasons…

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How to get manufacturers to respond to your emails

Have you sent an email to a manufacturer and not got a reply? I outline the 3 common reasons why you may not have heard back, and how to make sure you get manufacturers to respond to your emails. One of the most common complaints I hear about UK manufacturers is that they don’t get…

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How much does it cost to start a UK-made fashion brand?

Can you launch a brand with £500? Or do you need more like £50,000? We surveyed Make it British members to reveal how much it cost them to launch their brand and the results may surprise you… I’m sure many of you have heard the Cambridge Satchel story  – how it’s founder Julie Deane launched…

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Past Vintage: The making of a Made in England leathergoods brand

How do you start a high-end leathergoods brand made in the UK? Read about Jordan Kirby’s journey to find out… Jordan Kirby founded Past Vintage to create a high quality modern leather briefcase that is completely made in England. The right materials and manufacturer needed to be sourced to produce a top quality product.  Jordan talks…

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11 Factors affecting manufacturing costs

There are many things that can influence your manufacturing costs. Here’s what they are – and how to mitigate them. When you ask a manufacturer how much something is going to cost right at the start of a conversation with them, chances are they’ll not give you an answer. Or you’ll receive an estimated price…

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Top tips to help you prepare for your visit to a trade show

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Trade shows are very busy events, with thousands of visitors trying to gain the attention of the exhibitors.  To achieve the most out of your visit you need to get organised.  Read our top tips to help you prepare for a successful trade show visit. 1. Write down your goals for the trade show Be…

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5 Reasons why you should attend a trade show

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One of the best ways of finding suppliers and manufacturers is by attending a trade show, but there are many other benefits. We give you 5 reasons why attending a trade show is essential to your business. If you’re at all serious about making in the UK, trade shows should be planned as a necessary…

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Where can you buy British-made Christmas Decorations?

If you’re looking for Christmas decorations that are made in Britain then look no further. We’ll help you make your house look festive whilst still buying locally made products. Tinsel Let’s start with the tinsel! We have only found one tinsel manufacturer in Britain but they supply some of the biggest UK retailers and supermarkets…

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How to build your British-made brand with Ruth Farrell

Ruth Farrell

Starting a British-made fashion brand? Watch our video interview with fashion consultant and British-made brand owner Ruth Farrell, to gain valuable insight into how you can build your brand. Ruth Farrell has 30 years experience in the fashion industry from fashion assistant to creative manager and has worked across retail, etail and wholesale.  She works…

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7 Reasons why you should set up your own factory

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Do you have your own brand but are struggling to find a manufacturer? It may be time to consider the benefits of setting up your own factory. When I first left college there was a recession on. This made it pretty tricky to get employment amongst all the other design students looking for a job.…

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Understanding knitted fabrics with Rajen Ved of Aristo Fabrics

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The variety of knitted fabrics available can be confusing, but understanding the different fabric types is essential when designing fashion. Your fabric choices can make or break your product when it goes into production.  We speak to Rajen Ved of Aristo Fabrics, a specialist in knitted fabrics who explains it all. Rajen has been in…

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Why all designer start-ups should have the know-how to make a garment, with Jenni Sutton of Fashion Enter

Jenni Sutton discusses the importance of technical knowledge and production skills to designers and start-up fashion brands. Fashion Enter is a large, ethical factory in North London, with a mission to support designers and train the next generation of fashion professionals. They manufacture for many brands, including ASOS, but, alongside production they offer training, apprenticeships, and mentoring.…

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Understanding sustainable fabrics with Charlie Ross of Offset Warehouse

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What makes a fabric ethical? What does zero waste mean? What are the benefits of sourcing sustainable materials?  Ethical textiles expert, Charlie Ross, talks us through the world of sustainable fabrics. With a Masters in menswear from the Royal College of Art, Charlie Ross was an experienced fashion designer determined to work only with ethically…

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How to gain investment for your start-up brand with Simon Middleton

Brand guru, Simon Middleton, shares his advice on how to gain investment for your start-up brand and the importance of professionalism. Simon Middleton is an entrepreneur and a brand expert. In this interview, which was done originally as a Facebook Live, Simon shares his wisdom by telling us about his new venture, Blackshore Coastal Clothing, …

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5 reasons why you should meet your manufacturer face-to-face

In an age where the majority of connections are made online, you still can’t beat doing business in person. Here’s why… A lot of what I do is to help people find UK manufacturers to make their products – be that on a one-to-one basis or through our trade show. Many of the connections that…

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