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Meet the Manufacturer 2017 …. in numbers

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.

Highlights from Meet the Manufacturer 2017Our 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.

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  1. David Trotter (Mr Muggi) on May 31, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Loved the ‘liveness’ of the broadcast including the fire alarm. Brilliant two days well done Kate and your team

  2. Plenty of quality connections made throughout both days. Loved the chances to talk to brand owners, startup designers, retail buyers, journalists and more! Gave four interviews to students and reporters, received lots of inspirational advice and had a little jogging exercise with the fire alarm ). Looking forward to enjoying the same and more next year!

  3. George Pillinger on June 6, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I am not a business of any description but I do want to buy British goods whenever I can. Well done to you all and I support you all the way.

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