fbpx Skip to content

Not got a ticket to the Make it British Forum? Here’s how to follow it online…

For the third year in a row our Make it British Forum is a sell-out.
Our one day conference, which we tour around the UK every year, is packed with industry experts sharing their knowledge and experience to help you build your British-made business.

If you didn’t manage to bag yourself a ticket – don’t fear! There are several ways in which you can follow the event or catch up with it afterwards. Read on to find out more…

If you are making in the UK, or even just thinking about it, then the Make it British Forum is for you.

The event  covers a range of topics to provide you with the knowledge and expertise you need to successfully promote and sell a brand that is made in Britain.

The list of speakers and the agenda for the event can be found below.

If you’re reading this on 2nd November 2018 or before then here’s how to follow the discussions:


We’ll be tweeting throughout the day with tips and advice from the event using the hashtag #mibforum


We’ll be going live on our Instagram story throughout the day.
Follow @makeitbritish on Instagram and switch on your notifications to be kept updated when we go live

If you’re reading this after the event:

Talk Recordings

All of the talks will be recorded and made available to Make it British members.
If you’ve not joined us yet you can find out more about our membership here.
You can also sign up for our newsletter so you can find out about our future events.


Follow the Make it British blog to read the key take-aways and discussion points from the event

Press Release

If you’re a journalist and you wish to cover any of the topics discussed, or interview any of the speakers, our press release will be published week commencing 4th November.
Please contact our press department here.

Make it British Forum 2018 Agenda

Opening Remarks

Lee Harrison, Head of Training Operations, Textile Centre of Excellence

Kate Hills, Founder, Make it British

Adam Mansell, CEO, UK Fashion & Textile Association


Introductory Talk: Digital Transformation of the Textile Industry

Mark Jarvis, Managing Director, World Textile Information Network


Session 1: Being Uniquely British

Kate Hills, Founder, Make it British


Session 2: How to Tell the Story of Your Business

Andy Ogden, Director & General Manager, English Fine Cottons

Antony Wallis, Creative Brand & Marketing Consultant, L&AW

Andrea Freeman, Brand & Product Director, Redana Studio & The Beehive Brand


Session 3: Promoting Your British-Made Business on Social Media

Stephen Bent, International Sourcing/Production Manager, Dr Martens

Kate Holbrook, Owner, Turtle Doves

Patrick Morrison, Founder, Furious Goose


Session 4: How to Stand Out in an Over-Crowded Marketplace

Tara Hounslea, Communications Manager, UK Fashion & Textiles Association

Matthew Hopkins, Managing Director & Founder, Great British Exchange


Session 5: Manufacturer’s Panel Discussion

Olly Platts, Managing Director, Joshua Ellis & Co.

Paul Jowett, Sales Manager, English Tailoring Company

Jo Dawson, CEO, H. Dawson


This year the Make it British Forum is in the historic town of Huddersfield, world-renowned for its textile industry and high-quality cloth.  Where would you like to see the next Make it British Forum being held?  Let us know in the comments below, next year we may be coming to a town near you!

Click here to subscribe


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Search the site

Blog Categories