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080 – Mustafa Fuat, Gosha London – Behind the Scenes of a High-End Garment Manufacturer

Join me on a journey around the Gosha London studio to find out what the life of a high-end garment manufacturer is really…

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079 – 8 ways in which a UK-made product is more sustainable

If you’re purchasing something new does seeking out a product that is made in the UK offer sustainability benefits over one made overseas?…

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078 Katie Walker – Designing & Manufacturing Furniture in the UK

Katie Walker studied furniture at The Royal College of Art in the mid-90s and has had her own business making furniture in the…

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077 – Tony Kelly, Firmin & Sons – The Queen’s Button Maker

Join me on a factory tour around the Her Majesty The Queen’s button maker – Firmin & Sons. Established in 1655, Firmin &…

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076 – Jack Millington, Billy Tannery – Setting Up the UK’s Only Goat Tannery

Billy Tannery is the first new goat leather company and tannery in the UK for over 50 years. Despite knowing nothing about leather…

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075 Live! – Paul Alger MBE, UKFT

The UK imports considerably more fashion and textiles than it exports. But the UK Fashion & Textile Association are aiming to address that….

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074 Live! – Simon Middleton, Blackshore Clothing

The Truth About Branding…it’s not about a logo and it’s not about generating content Simon Middleton has had a parallel career for the…

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073 – Why UK Manufacturing is Underestimated

Government figures say that manufacturing is only worth 9% to the UK economy – is this correct?  A report by Cambridge University says…

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072 Live! – Tom Glover, Peregrine – 100% Made in England

Tom Glover is from a family manufacturing business originally founded in Wigston in Leicester in 1796. He graduated with a degree in product…

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071 – The One Thing Holding UK Manufacturing Back

What’s the one thing holding UK garment manufacturing back? This week I was at the Houses of Parliament for a meeting with the…

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070 Live! – Barbara Burton, Behind Bras

There are around 3,800 women in UK prisons at any one time and only one in ten are able to get a job…

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069 Live! – Small Batch Manufacturing

What’s the best way of successfully manufacturing small quantities in the UK? In this episode, recorded at Make it British Live!, UK garment…

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068 Live! – HebTroCo, How to Make a Million in Brexit Britain

Brant Richards and Ed Oxley tell the story of how they launched British menswear brand HebTroCo. In this audio recording of the talk…

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067 Live! – Craftsmanship versus Technology

How can technology help UK textile manufacturing become more viable? Our panellists discuss what innovations and technology are helping make UK textile manufacturing…

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066 Live! – IP:The Basics and the B Word – Potter Clarkson

Want to understand more about protecting your designs? Potter Clarkson are Intellectual Property (IP) specialists, and in this talk, which was presented at…

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065 – Meet the Exhibitors from Make it British Live!

Join me as I walk you round the trade show floor at Make it British Live! Following on from the Review of Make…

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064 Live! – Kate Dawson, How Mass Customisation and Innovation are Keeping Skills Alive

How Mass Customisation and Innovation are Keeping Skills Alive Kate Dawson is the founder of the All in One Company which celebrates its…

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063 Live! – Fast or Slow Fashion: Which does the UK do best?

Fast or Slow fashion…can we have both when it comes to making in the UK? Find out what our panellists had to say,…

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062 Live! – Tori Murphy – How to get noticed by high end retailers

Interview with Tori Murphy recorded live at Make it British Live! Tori Murphy trained in textiles at the Royal College of Art and…

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061 – Review of Make it British Live!

Inspiring talks about UK manufacturing took place over the two days of Make it British Live! 2019 at The Business Design Centre, London….

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060 – Diana Kakkar, MAES London – High End Product Development in the Fashion Industry

Diana Kakkar runs a high end, small batch manufacturing unit in East London. She works with some well-known fashion designers as well as…

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059 – How to Follow Up with a Manufacturer

How do you follow up with a manufacturer (and have a better chance of a response)? I get contacted by people all the…

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058 – Peter Grey, Just Elegant – How Supermarkets Have Killed the High Street

Peter Grey is new business manager for Just Elegant – a garment manufacturer in Leicester. In this episode he gives an interesting insight…

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057 – Natalie Riachi, Riachi Studio – Follow Your Passion

Natalie Riachi has a real passion for slow fashion, and good quality luxury clothing that is well made. She grew up in Scotland…

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