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Building a Made in Britain Business

2.11.2018 - Huddersfield

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About the Make British Forum

Learn How to Promote a 'Made in Britain' Business... Without Resorting to Waving a Union Jack Flag!

  • Are you struggling to raise awareness for your business and feel you're battling against a tide of cheap imports?
  • Finding marketing your products with limited time, and on a tight budget, challenging?
  • Wondering what value customers place on the fact that your product is made in Britain?
  • Worrying about what effect Brexit will have on businesses that manufacture in the UK?

This one day conference will provide you with the knowledge and expertise you need to successfully promote and sell a brand that is made in Britain.

What You'll Learn

How to tell the story of your brand so that customers want to buy from you

The marketing strategies that other brands are using to promote their ‘Britishness’ without resorting to waving a Union Jack flag!

What buyers look for when selecting suppliers and how you can get their attention

How to stand out in an ever crowded marketplace and use your provenance to its full effect

Who's it for?

The Make it British Forum is ideal for business owners, senior decision makers and entrepreneurs within the UK fashion and textile industry. 

British Brand Owners

UK Manufacturers

Fashion Buyers




Whether you currently manufacture in the UK, or hope to do so in the future, this unique event will inspire you to take action.

Why you need to attend

Connect with other like-minded businesses making in the UK

Learn from your peers and build industry connections

Generate new ideas for building your made in Britain business

Walk away feeling positive about the opportunities that are ahead for UK manufacturers and British-made brands

Your Host

Brought to you by Make it British founder and trusted authority on manufacturing in the UK, Kate Hills

With a background in design and buying, spanning 25 years, Kate gave up her corporate career after becoming frustrated with UK fashion companies dependence on Far Eastern suppliers.

Predicting that a UK manufacturing base would one day be essential to remain competitive, Kate has regularly appeared on TV and in the press espousing the benefits of manufacturing locally.

She set up Make it British in 2011 as a way of providing British-made businesses with a platform to promote what they do, and make the most of their ‘made in the UK’ label.


1Adam Mansell

Adam Mansell


UK Fashion & Textile Association

1James Eden

James Eden


Private White V.C

1Oliver Platts

Oliver Platts

Managing Director

Joshua Ellis

1Anthony Wallis

Antony Wallis

Creative Brand & Marketing Consultant

L&AW (Prev. Best of Britannia)

1Andrea Freeman

Andrea Freeman

Brand & Product Director

Redana Studio & The Beehive Brand

1Lee Harrison

Lee Harrison

Head of Training Operations

Textile Centre of Excellence


Paul Jowett

Sales Manager

English Tailoring Company


Patrick Morrison


Furious Goose

1Kate Holbrook

Kate Holbrook


Turtle Doves

2Tara Hounslea

Tara Hounslea

Communications Manager


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This year's Make it British Forum is taking place in the historical textile town of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.

Textile Centre of Excellence

Textiles House
Red Doles Lane,
Leeds Road,
West Yorkshire,

Make it British Forum

Date & Times

Friday 2nd November 2018

9:30am Registration & Coffee

10am Start Time

5pm Day Closes

Full agenda to be announced shortly


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