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Make it British Live! Symposium – Speakers announced!

The Make it British Live! Symposium will shine the light on some great heritage brands and British success stories.

Always a highlight of Make it British Live! the seminar sessions are a great way to learn about making in the UK and hear from the brands that make it work. Read on to find out who will be speaking at this year’s event.

Make it British Symposium Speakers

From Top Left: Eric Musgrave, Kate Hills, Shailina parta, William Church, Lynn Wilson, Simon Cotton, Lucia Wood, Charlie Ross, Paul Johnson, Jenny Holloway, Tim Little, Simon Middleton

This year’s symposium will be chaired by industry commentator Eric Musgrave and talks will include panel discussions and keynote speakers covering topics, such as production, funding, IP protection, skills and marketing.  The two-day programme of seminars will bring together inspiring, informed and provocative people who are passionate about manufacturing in the UK.


The inspirational line-up of speakers includes:

> Simon Middleton, founder and MD – Blackshore, British Coastal Clothing

> Simon Cotton, CEO – Johnstons of Elgin, a woollen mill established in 1797

> William Church, joint MD – Cheaney Shoes, making fine shoes for five generations

> Tim Little, English shoe designer and owner of Grenson

> Lucia Wood, head of knitwear and Shailina Parti, buying and merchandising director of Jigsaw, in business for over 40 years

> Paul Johnson, MD – WT Johnson, one of the world’s leading textile dyeing and finishing companies

> John West, first ever skills and training manager, UKFT (UK Fashion and Textile Association)

> Robert Yentob, chairman and MD – Dents and Corgi

> Charlie Ross, founder – Offset Warehouse, a sustainable source for sustainable textiles and dyes

> Lynn Wilson, designer and specialist – Circular Economy Wardrobe, zero waste specialist

> Jenny Holloway, CEO – Fashion Enter, an award-winning social enterprise

> Sam Morrison, director – British shirt maker, Smyth and Gibson

Kate Hills, founder – Make it British

The Make it British Symposium is the place to learn about manufacturing in the UK and be inspired by brands who make it work. The combination of talks, panel discussions and Q&A sessions offers the opportunity to gain insights and join in a robust and thoughtful debate with industry leaders and experts. Not to mention the opportunity to network with like-minded fashion, textile and homeware professionals.

What will you learn from the Symposium?

> How to maximise the current interest for made in Britain product and reach a global audience

> How to attract young people into your industry and keep them

> How to get investment for your business from crowdfunding to angel investment

> Why heritage and provenance is important for every made in Britain business

> How to manufacture locally (and still make it affordable)

> The power of story-telling and why it’s important for British brands

> How to protect your designs and set up the right contracts with manufacturing partners

Find our more about the Make it British Live! Symposium and register here.


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