We’re planning a very special event for British fashion & textile manufacturers this summer – save the date!
Since this website began nearly 4 years ago I have been inundated with people contacting me looking to find factories in the UK to make their products. In fact, in 2013 we received 250% more manufacturer enquiries to this website than the year before.
The majority of those that get in touch are looking to find a UK manufacturer to make clothes, accessories or leathergoods, and almost without fail I have been able to find someone for them to make their products. The companies that are searching for these factories are everything from large High Street names to designers just starting out. Some are looking to bring their production back from overseas, whilst for others manufacturing in the UK is an intrinsic part of their brand and they wouldn’t consider making anywhere else.
Often there is quite a bit of advice that I offer along with the service too – years of talking to others in the industry about the whys and wherefores of working with UK manufacturers has revealed a whole world of possibilities and challenges that are particular to sourcing in the UK. Which is why I am often asked to speak at events on the subject.
However, with so many more people looking to work with British factories, which is of course a great thing both for the manufacturers themselves as well as the UK economy, it is becoming increasingly difficult to answer each and every request in as timely a fashion as I used to. Especially now that I am also involved in lots of other things, such as the Made in Britain Campaign.
So I have decided that the best way of exposing as many people as possible to the manufacturers that I know and the people that I have met along the way, all of whom have great stories to tell and advice to give, is to hold a trade show with them all present.
Plans are already underway for what will be the UK’s first sourcing event for British only fashion & textile manufacturers, proudly brought to you by Make it British. It will be held on the 11th & 12th June in London and will feature the best knitters, weavers, tanneries, leathergoods makers, CMT* units and lingerie factories in the British Isles.
More than just a trade fair, this inaugural Make it British event will provide fantastic opportunities for UK manufacturers, designers and buyers to network together under one roof in an environment that is open and collaborative. The aim is not only to introduce buyers & designers from companies of all sizes to factories that can make their products, but also to inspire them with a programme of thought-provoking seminars led by industry experts that can guide them through manufacturing in the UK.
You’ll have to watch this space for more details, of if you add your email address below we will let you know everything as the information unfolds.