Making it in the UK – ready or not?

Kate Hills, founder of Make it British, will be amongst the speakers talking about manufacturing fashion in Britain at the ASBCI conference this month

The Association of British Suppliers to the Clothing Industry (ASBCI)
The Association of British Suppliers to the Clothing Industry (ASBCI)

After a great response to their previous conference about British manufacturing, the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) is following it up with another event taking place later this month, entitled ‘Making it in the UK – Ready or not? The reality of manufacturing fashion in Britain’ .

I will be one of the speakers – passing on some of my pearls of wisdom and experience of British manufacturing gained over the last four years of running this website – along with some great industry experts including Tony O’Connor, head of menswear design at M&S, Jenny Holloway, founder of Fashion Enter, and Ian Maclean, MD of John Smedley.

Perhaps the speaker that I am most looking forward to hearing is Christopher Nieper, MD of womenswear brand David Nieper, who I think is one of the most inspiring people in UK garment production today. His family-owned company has been manufacturing exclusively in Britain for over 50 years, and every part of the process is done in house. From design, knitting, stitching and even printing his own mail order catalogues – he is a great example of how to make in the UK and get it right. Look out for a special feature on his business on this website very soon.

The event is taking at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicester on the 25th February, and if you want to attend the event tickets are now on sale at £150+vat and can be booked by going directly to the ASBCI website.



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