Speakers and Agenda announced for Make it British Forum

Industry experts will tell you all you need to know to build a ‘Made in Britain’ brand at our second Make it British Forum

Make it British has announced the speaker line up for its second Make it British Forum on 2nd November 2017. The event is kindly being hosted by the Manchester Fashion Institute in the stunning location of the Manchester Business School in central Manchester.

Speakers for the one day event include:

Sara Prowse, CEO of Hotter Shoes, the largest footwear manufacturer in the UK, will be talking about what made in Britain really means to her customers

Mat Booth, founder of Both Barrels, will focus on why simplicity is key when building a brand made in the UK

English Fine Cottons will be on hand to talk about how the first cotton spinning mill in the UK for decades now affords businesses the opportunity to have a totally British supply chain

David Collinge of John Spencer Textiles in Lancashire, who will be joining English Fine Cottons to share his part in the renovation of a completely British supply chain.

Isabelle Ugochukwu, the inspirational founder behind the Isabella Queen handbag brand, will give an honest account of what it’s really like to launch a British-made brand. She will explain how her brand is disrupting the status quo, and aims to educate the world away from fast fashion and unethical manufacture

Mike Stoll, co-owner of Manchester-based brand and factory Private White, will be giving the low-down on what it takes to develop a great partnership with your manufacturer

Denise Pearson, of leathergoods manufacturer Deni-Deni will be joining our manufacturing panel – which is your opportunity to quiz some of the UK’s best fashion and accessory manufacturers

Charlotte Meek from The Stitch Society will be imparting some great advice for those wanting to go down the route of setting up their own manufacturing unit

Ross Barr-Hoyland, will explain how his award winning British label label Ross Barr has got off to such a flying start with the press and buyers

Bruce Montgomery, a menswear consultant and professor in design craftsmanship, will be bringing his years of design experience to our panel to answer your questions on design and brand identity.

We’re delighted to have such a knowledgable line-up of experts for our second Make it British Forum. This one-day event will provide you with all you need to know to develop a made in Britain brand, from design, product development and manufacturing to funding, promotion and selling the product.

The Agenda for the Make it British Forum on 2nd November:

9:00 – Registration

9:30 – Welcome – Colin Renfrew, Director of Manchester Fashion Institute

9:45 – Intro – Kate Hills, Make it British

10:00 – Session 1 – Keynote. Mat Booth, Both Barrels

10:30 – Session 2 – Keynote. Sara Prowse, Hotter Shoes

11:00 – Coffee Break

11:30- Session 3 – Regenerating the UK textile supply chain

English Fine Cottons; David Collinge, John Spencer Textiles

12:15- Session 4 – Ask the Experts – Manufacturing Q&A

Chair – Kate Hills, Make it British; Mike Stoll, Private White V.C.; Denise Pearson, Deni-Deni; Special Guest (TBC)

1:15 – Lunch

2:15 – Session 5 – Barbara Shepherd , Manchester Fashion Institute

2:45 Session 6 – Ask the Experts – Brand Q&A

Chair – Kate Hills, Make it British; Bruce Montgomery, Menswear Consultant; Ross Barr-Hoyland, Ross Barr; Charlotte Meek, The Stitch Society

3:45 – Coffee Break

4:00 Session 7 – Isabelle Ugochuckwu, Isabella Queen

4:45 – Closing Remarks

5:00 – Close

The sessions will be interactive with plenty of time for Q&As and networking.  And with such a diverse mix of opinions across a broad range of product areas, from menswear, womenswear, accessories and textiles  – we’re expecting some lively debates!

The Make it British Forum will be held in association with the Manchester Fashion Institute

Go here to book tickets and find out more details about the event

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