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ASBCI ‘Making it in the UK’ Conference


ASBCI_making_it_in_the_UKTuesday 25th February 2014

10.00am to 4.30pm 

The Hinckley Island Hotel, Hinckley, Leicester, LE10 3JA

Speakers to include: Alliance Project; David Nieper; Fashion Enter; John Smedley; Kurt Salmon Associates; Make It British; Matalan & Basic Thinking…

The ASBCI, Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry, has announced details of its forthcoming fashion industry conference ‘Making it in the UK- Ready or not? The reality of manufacturing fashion in Britain’ which is being held on Tuesday 25th February 2014, 10.00am to 4.30pm at the Hinckley Island Hotel, Hinckley, Leicester, LE10 3JA.

The conference will platform speakers from the government, fashion retail, brand, manufacturing and training sectors who are having a real impact on rejuvenating the UK’s garment-making industry. They have each agreed to give practical advice and share their experiences, wisdom and visions in the belief that the UK’s garment making heritage has a vibrant and very real future.

The conference will be chaired by Dr Julie King, ASBCI event chairman and head of fashion and textiles at De Montfort University in collaboration with the conference’s co-sponsors Advanced Supply Chain and Johnson Cleaners in association with GreenEarth Cleaning.  The day will open with a scene setting presentation from market analyst Kurt Salmon Associates who will detail the reality of manufacturing in the UK, identify particular areas of growth and the role of the consumer in driving this growth.  

The keynote presentation ‘British designed and British made – The magic ingredients’ will be delivered by Christopher Nieper, managing director, of UK-based nightwear and womenswear fashion brand David Nieper, a family business that has been designing and manufacturing exclusively in Britain for 50 years.  He will challenge modern UK-manufacturing models and reveal how the vertical company has adapted its business model to deliver continuous growth, even during the recession.  Continuing the vertical manufacturing theme Ian MacLean, managing director of John Smedley, will explain how the company has developed into one of Britain’s most successful and enduring luxury knitwear brands and managed to maintain, grow and globalise its market.

Presenting the view of the volume retailer and UK manufacturer David Mellett, technical services & corporate purchase director, Matalan will join forces with Leicester-based womenswear manufacturer Chris Taylor, commercial & operations director, of Basic Thinking in a presentation that will explore the changing face of sourcing as retailers get behind British manufacturers and examine the challenges; particulary in recruiting the necessary technical skills.  On this theme Jenny Holloway, founder and managing director of Fashion Enter, one of the UK’s largest and most active sewing industry apprenticeship schemes will talk about recent developments and introduce one of the young apprentices currently on the scheme. Lorna Fitzsimmons of the Lord Alliance project will also bring delegates up to date with the progress of the Government backed training scheme.

Finally, Kate Hills who founded the increasingly influentialwww.makeitBritish.co.uk website in 2011 will explain how UK manufacturers are gaining business, the strategies they are implementing for making in the UK and how they are getting it right. Details of additional speakers will be announced in due course.

The conference is open to ASBCI members at a delegate rate of £99 PLUS VAT, and the non-member cost £150 PLUS VAT.

For more information or to book a place at the conference please contact:

Stephanie Ingham MBE


Tel: +44 (0) 1422 354 666

Email: office@asbci.co.uk

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