What We Learned at the Make it British Forum
There was a packed room at this year’s Make it British forum. Congratulations to Kate Hills, founder, for providing the audience with amazing speakers sharing their knowledge and experience of working in the Textile sector.
“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.”
Who was at the Make It British Forum?
Mark Jarvis, MD of World Textile Information Network, filled us in on AI and digitalisation in the Textile & Apparel chain and the astonishing progress in material innovation, industry digitalisation & technical textiles.
Helpful tips for best use of social media came from Stephen Brent/DrMartens, Kate Holbrook/Turtle Doves and Patrick Morrison/Furious Goose.
What did we learn at the Make It British Forum?
There was Brand and Marketing advice from Antony Wallis/ L&AW who says “A diverse practical design knowledge allows me to roll my sleeves up, help build and lead any agency’s creative force.”
Andrea Freeman/Redana Studio was also there.
“Born and raised in Darlington, Andrea Freeman was always fascinated by the well-known Patons and Baldwins factory where many of her family had worked. A former designer for Barbour, Andrea has taken original knitting patterns from war-time Britain and revived “Baldwins Beehive” by bringing the trademark back into production with collections for men and women, made from British wool and manufactured in the UK.”
The event finished with a panel discussion from manufacturers, Joshua Ellis & Co, English Tailoring Company and H.Dawson.
Help was at hand from UKFT who assist 100’s of businesses in the UK to gain exposure overseas, giving advice and guiding them with information through the process of finding buyers and stockists Worldwide. ‘Make it British’ is surely the best platform to help U.K. manufacturers and British-made brands find more customers and now has a British Brands Directory as well as features on British Craftmanship.
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