Every year Make it British holds a trade show in London to bring together UK manufacturers with businesses that want to make their products in the UK. #MTM2017 was our fourth edition…here are the highlights.
Our 2017 show was the fourth edition and saw thousands of people from all over the country, as well as from as far away as America and Japan, flock to the Truman Brewery in East London.
This is a clear indication of the rising demand for UK manufacturing and makes us more enthusiastic than ever about manufacturing in the UK.
Here is Meet the Manufacturer 2017 in numbers….
50% More attendees than in 2016 – making for a packed house on both days
27 Countries were represented amongst our visitors, with every continent covered and International visitors double that of last year. Japanese and Scandinavian buyers were particularly keen on looking for UK manufacturers and British-made product at the show
1249 Delegates attended the free seminars over 2 days to learn more about partnerships, production and provenance in UK manufacturing.
43 British-made brands exhibited in our new Make it British brand hall, where there was a fantastic networking atmosphere amongst the Make it British members
41 Machines in action at the show – including sewing machines, heat-transfer printing, machine knitting, screen printing and leather embossing.
186 Glasses Three Choirs English sparkling wine, 200 Sipsmith gin with Fever Tree tonics and 408 bottles of Meantime beer were served at the evening reception courtesy of UK Fashion & Textile Association.
9 Dogs including two guide dogs and a dancing Maltese in a Union Jack coat
6 Sheep (of the multi-coloured kind) in the British Wool Sheepish Studio
1 Fire alarm! Caused by a random smoke machine being let off in a photo shoot taking place in on the floor above the show. It may have interrupted our Facebook Live broadcast at the time, but it didn’t dampen spirits at the show.