Kate Hills is the founder of Make it British, a platform to help UK manufacturers and British-made brands find more customers.
Founded in April 2011 as a way of supporting British brands that manufacture their products in the UK, Make it British originally started as a blog, but has now grown to include a British brands directory as well as features on British craftsmanship and a resource for designers wanting to find manufacturers to make their products.
Kate also runs the manufacturing trade show Make it British Live! which attracts over 5,000 visitors from 17 different countries, all looking to make their products in the UK
Now in its sixth year, the next event takes place in May 2019 at the Business Design Centre in London.
Twenty years working as a designer and buyer for brands such as Burberry and M&S and multiple product sourcing trips overseas prompted Kate to set up the Make it British website to help promote UK manufacturing and British-made brands.
Kate has appeared regularly on television and radio espousing her firm belief that manufacturing in the UK is thriving, cost-effective and sustainable.
Kate regularly advises businesses of all sizes on how to find and work with UK manufacturers. Having run Make it British for so many years she has an unparalleled knowledge of the UK supply chain and the whereabouts of a vast range of UK manufacturers. Click here if you want Kate to help you find a UK manufacturer.
Seeing a growing number of requests to help connect businesses with UK manufacturers, in 2014 Kate came up with the idea of a trade show and conference exclusively for UK manufacturers. The event brings together the best of British manufacturers with buyers and designers looking to have their products made in Britain.
UK Fashion & Textile Association
Since 2015 Kate has been a board member of the UK Fashion & Textile Association. The UKFT provides practical support, export advice, information exchange and a voice to government and retailers on the UK textile industry.
Kate speaks regularly at events and conferences. To make an enquiry for your event call 0208 003 0108 or contact her here.