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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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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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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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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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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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Where to buy British-made fashion trims

Having trouble finding fashion trimmings made in Britain? Thought no one made zips, buttons or bindings here anymore? We’ve found several suppliers who can help We’ve compiled a list of trims manufactured in the UK. From buckles to buttons, shoulder pads to zips, our list will help you source the components to make your products…

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The best tips and advice from Make it British Forum 2017

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The Make it British Forum 2017, in association with the Manchester Fashion Institute, was packed full of debate, expert advice, shared stories and networking. What does ‘Made in Britain’ mean? A fantastic line-up of speakers and diverse delegates from established to start-up brands, manufacturers to students, led to a lively day, packed with information. The…

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Looking for UK manufacturers? Come to our trade show!

Clothing manufacturers, bag makers, fabric mills, knitwear factories, a wool room and an enterprise room specially for small businesses…find it all at ‘Meet the Manufacturer 2017’ One of the questions that I most often get asked is: ‘Where can I find UK manufacturers to make my products, I’ve looked everywhere!?‘. So in 2014 I set up an event…

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9 Tips for exhibiting at a trade show for the first time

Trade shows are one of the best ways to get exposure for your business, and a great opportunity to network too. Yet many companies feel daunted at the prospect of exhibiting at a trade show for the first time. Having attended dozens of shows myself – as a visitor and exhibitor, and now as an…

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12 Questions to ask a UK manufacturer

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So you want to get something made in the UK? Even if you have the experience of developing a product before you might not have visited a manufacturer.  Choosing a manufacturer is one of the most important decisions you can make in the development of a product, so it’s not something to enter into without…

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'How I launched my British-made handbag business' with Isabelle Ugochukwu of Isabella Queen

Founder and creative director of Isabella Queen, Isabelle Ugochukwu, on how she launched her luxury British handbag brand, life after Brexit, and what her top tips are for others launching a similar business Isabelle, can you firstly give our readers a brief overview of Isabella Queen and the accessories your brand creates? Isabella Queen is a British-based…

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10 Steps to Success for Working with a UK Manufacturer

Looking to manufacture goods in the UK? Here are our top tips for making it all run smoothly We get loads of enquiries here at Make it British from businesses looking to launch a product that is made in the UK. Here is some of the advice that we give on how to make sure that the…

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