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Stellar speaker line-up at MiB Live! 2019

Make it British are delighted to announce the fantastic line-up of speakers for this year’s Make it British Live!


There is an undeniable and seismic shift going on in UK manufacturing and this year’s Make it British Live! will explore the future of the industry, tackling the hot topics of ‘fast or slow fashion’ and ‘craftsmanship versus technology’.  Since its launch six years ago, Make it British Live! has evolved into a trade event that delivers a single source of ideas, solutions and enthusiasm to encourage more people to buy British and make in the UK.

 “We’re in challenging but exciting times.  In this fast-moving sector, with new products, trends and innovations emerging each year, collaboration is the key to success.” Kate Hills, founder of Make it British

Taking place at the iconic Business Design Centre in London on 29 and 30 May, this year’s conference programme includes an inspiring line up of speakers.

Amongst the speakers are Hareesh Kallambella, senior production manager at Burberry, who will provide insight into ‘the factory of the future is the future of the factory’.  Tom Glover, managing director at Peregrine Clothing, will be the keynote speaker on day two, sharing the success story of this great British heritage clothing company.  They will be joined on stage by industry heavyweights including: Andy Ogden, director and general manager at English Fine Cottons and Nick Keyte, managing director at Gieves and Hawkes.

Lucy Siegle, environmental journalist and broadcaster, is back for a second year to chair the conference.  Her specialism in ecological and ethical lifestyle matters make her the perfect choice to host the panel discussions, which include ‘fast or slow fashion – which does the UK do best?’, with panellists including Julia Redman, head of buying at M&Co and designer, Phoebe English.

Add to that, Brant Richard and Ed Oxley, both founders and directors at HebTroCo, who will be sharing their inspiring story of ‘how to make a million in Brexit Britain’.  Along with Paul Alger, director of international affairs at UKFT tackling the issues around export and designer Tori Murphy sharing her experience on ‘how to get noticed by high-end retailers’.

Event sponsors and leading patent and trade mark attorneys, Potter Clarkson, will be taking to the stage to share their expertise on ‘are we facing an uncertain future for intellectual property rights post Brexit?’.

The full list of inspiring speakers, who are innovators in manufacturing and fashion brands and will be providing advice and real-life experiences, includes:

Wednesday 29 May

  • Hareesh Kallambella, senior product manager, Burberry
  • Kate Dawson, owner and director, The All in One Company
  • Phoebe English, designer and founder, Phoebe English
  • Jenny Holloway, CEO, Fashion Enter
  • Julia Redman, head of buying, M&Co
  • Mark Randle, founder, Galaxius Systems
  • Professor Stephen Russell, director, Future Fashion Factory
  • Andy Ogden, director and general manager, English Fine Cottons
  • Nick Keyte, managing director, Gieves and Hawkes
  • Barbara Burton, executive creative founder, Behind Bras
  • Brant Richards, founder and director, HebTroCo
  • Ed Oxley, founder and director, HebTroCo

Thursday 30 May

  • Tom Glover, managing director, Peregrine Clothing
  • Diana Kakkar, founder and garment manufacturer, MAES London
  • Adam Robertson, managing director, Kalopsia Collective
  • David Williams, managing director, Knit Design Centre & Stoll GB
  • Simon Middleton, brand advisor, Simon Middleton Company
  • Tori Murphy, designer and founder, Tori Murphy Ltd
  • Sarah Talland, trade mark attorney, Potter Clarkson
  • Dave Holt, associate, Potter Clarkson
  • Paul Alger, director of international affairs, UKFT

Register for your FREE ticket here >  www.makeitbritishlive.com/register

All the talks are free and the two-day event also includes a trade show where you can meet UK-made brands and manufacturers.


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