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126 – Simon Cotton, Johnstons of Elgin – Looking after Scotland’s oldest cashmere brand

Johnstons of Elgin is the largest textile manufacturer in the UK. The 223 year old company employs over 1,000 people and was the…

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Boohoo Garment Factories

125 – Calling out Boohoo for using unethical garment factories – Dominique Muller, Labour Behind the Label

Labour Behind the Label is a workers rights organisation that fights for living wages for garment workers.They have produced a report about the…

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124 – To Wholesale, or Not to Wholesale

Whether to wholesale is one of the biggest decisions that brands have to make, and it is often much more of a difficult…

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Ep123 – A pivotal time for UK retail

It’s back to business this week for many retailers – but how will shopping change post-lockdown? And what effect will this have on…

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122 – The Importance of Quality – Maria Grachvogel

London-based designer Maria Grachvogel is renowned for her clever use of cutting to flatter the female figure. In this interview Maria talks about…

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121 – An update on PPE

We’ve had two pieces of good news this week so I thought I’d share them with you in this episode. The first is…

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120 – The Bespoke English Shirt Maker – Emma Willis, Emma Willis London

Emma Willis founded her shirt making business in 1989. She has had a shop on London’s famous Jermyn Street for over twenty years…

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119 – Are you seeking more UK-made products?

Buying habits are changing and there is definitely a renewed interest in buying made in the UK products. At Make it British we’ve…

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118 – Supplying the UK Knitwear Industry – David Williams, Knit Design Centre

David Williams has been supplying the UK knitwear industry his entire career. He is the UK agent for Stoll knitting machines and the…

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117 – Pivoting a business to manufacture PPE – Paul Noble, Specialised Canvas

During the Covid_19 crisis many UK manufacturers have adapted their businesses to manufacture PPE.

Specialised Canvas, based in Chesterfield, are one of the companies that very quickly pivoted their business to help alleviate the shortage of available protective equipment.

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116 – Where are we on PPE?

In episode 114 I asked ‘PPE – can we make it in the UK?‘ and on today’s episode I thought it would be…

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115 – Does your business need a PLM system? – Lucy Blackley, BombyxPLM

In this week’s episode I talk to Lucy Blackley who founded technology company BombyxPLM to help fashion business owners manage their product development….

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114 – PPE – can we make it in the UK?

Until a few weeks ago most people probably had no idea what PPE stood for. But during the Covid_19 outbreak PPE has regularly been…

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113 – The History of Harris Tweed – Ruth Masson, Harris Tweed Hebrides

Harris Tweed cloth is renowned the world over. Woven entirely in the Outer Hebrides, using wool from the local sheep, you could say…

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112 – How you can help manufacturers at this difficult time

The number one concern for all manufacturers right now is how they are going to pay their staff. They need help to support…

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111 – Going Virtual

This episode was published on the day our Make it British Live! trade show was due to fling its doors open to 1,000s…

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110 – How the coronavirus impacts supply chains – and what we can learn from it

The coronavirus (Covid-19) is having a devastating impact on businesses all over the world. One of the industries likely to be hardest hit…

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109 – Protecting your design rights – Dids MacDonald OBE, ACID

On today’s episode we’re covering a topic that I know bothers a lot of you – how can you protect your designs from…

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Lingerie Manufacturing in the UK

108 – Lingerie Manufacturing in the UK – Steff McGrath, Something Wicked

In this episode I interview Steff McGrath, managing partner at lingerie brand Something Wicked. The collection is entirely made in the UK by…

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107 – Silk Weaving in Suffolk – Laura Gore, Vanners

Vanners is one of the oldest textile businesses in the UK. They’ve been weaving silk since 1740, and moved their weaving business from…

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106 – How to print sustainably on wool – Nick Morley, Faering

Nick Morley is the MD of Faering, an innovative, UK manufacturer that prints digitally onto wool and other natural fibres. Using the latest…

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105 – The Making of Pantherella Socks – Justin Hall, Pantherella

Pantherella was founded in 1937 and has been making high quality, lightweight socks in Leicester ever since. I took a trip to the…

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104 – How we can solve the skills issue post-Brexit – Tamara Cincik, Fashion Roundtable

Tamara Cincik has over 20 years experience in the fashion industry and is the founder of Fashion Roundtable, the secretariat for The All…

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103 – What does a manufacturer include in a cost price?

What does a manufacturer include – and NOT include – in a cost price? In this episode I breakdown what you can expect…

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