Fashion Enter Awarded a Place in The Manufacturer’s Top 100 2017
The Manufacturer’s Top 100 recognises the UK’s most inspiring and influential individuals working in the sector and once again for the second year running Fashion Enter has made the grade.
Not only has the company made the Top 100 list but CEO Jenny Holloway has been cited as an exemplar within the industry.
Fashion Enter’s Factory in North London
On the evening of Wednesday 15th November, members of The Manufacturer Top 100 and the wider manufacturing community joined industry leaders at an exclusive event at Exhibition Centre Liverpool to celebrate the launch of this year’s report.
The Manufacturer Top 100 project, sponsored by Salesforce, aims to dispel the myths surrounding manufacturing and create a platform to champion and publicly identify dynamic leaders and innovators in the sector.
Individuals were nominated by readers of The Manufacturer, the wider industrial community and the public for their contributions in changing the image of industry; finding new markets; demonstrating bold leadership; alongside those young, bright pioneers that are making an impact disproportionate to their years.
The final list was decided by an expert panel of judges, representing UK manufacturing, academia and the wider industrial community.
Nick Hussey, CEO, Hennik Group – publishers of The Manufacturer, said: “Projects like The Manufacturer Top 100 play an absolutely vital role, serving to demonstrate the reality of what the highly diverse, well-paid careers available in industry actually look like.
“I am delighted and honoured to have come to know personally many of those named as one of The Manufacturer Top 100 to date. Their stories are ones of inspiration, determination, passion and achievement.”
Fashion Enter CEO Jenny Holloway explains how her business started out and organically grew:
“We started with just four employees at the time, all four of which are still with us today. We opened this tiny sampling unit, bought a handful of machines and started to produce beautiful garments. That was the start of manufacturing for me.”
Now employing dozens of people and producing 10,000 garments a week, Jenny admits that it took several years for her to really understand what ‘flow’ and ‘bottleneck’ mean in an industrial environment. “Those two words – along with skills – sounds so innocuous, but they truly define what ‘manufacturing’ is,” she continues.
Recognising a lack of home grown skills, Jenny took the decision to open the country’s first ever Fashion Technology Academy (FTA), helping 1,000 people every year to work towards qualifications in pattern-making, fabric inspection, laying & cutting, quality control, machine maintenance, and stitching.
“We’re a social enterprise, so there’s no fast track for us, no cutting corners. Instead of having a folder full of policies, we have embedded them as part of our DNA.”
“Our people are responsible for their own operations, we are fully transparent and traceable, and we’re helping to create a mutually supportive, sustainable ecosystem from start-ups all the way to multinational retailers. I have very good people around me; I’m incredibly proud of my team and I couldn’t have achieved so much without them.”
The Manufacturer Top 100 is part of The Manufacturer Live series of events, which comprises The Manufacturer Top 100, The Manufacturer Leaders Conference, The Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo and The Manufacturer Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards.