Newsletter 20th July 2016
This week saw Fashion Enter’s annual trip to the seaside. Following previous day trips to South end on Sea and Hastings this year it was the trendy seaside town of Brighton. CEO Jenny Holloway commented:
‘Our workforce have become friends to the company – I know it sounds corny but it’s true. We have whole families working together and actually this gives me a great sense of pride and fulfilment. We spend more time at work than we do at home so it’s got to be fun and enjoyable so you actually want to get up in a morning and go to work. Life really is too short to be miserable. Saturday was just a fun day out…the problem is how do we beat the egg throwing competition next year!’
Read all about the day trip here
The Effects of Brexit
With Brexit still fresh on our minds it’s no surprise that it is a hot topic in the press. EEF have just released a survey taken by manufacturers on the impact of the UK voting to leave the EU and while firms report little immediate impact on trading conditions, the outlook for the next six months shows signs of decline and forecasts now point to the sector remaining in recession until at least the end of 2017.
Here at The Factory however we could not disagree more! With orders of over 8,000 units a week from one leading etailer and new accounts in the pipeline the Factory is thriving. We are also one of just two companies that has a leading status with the new Fast Forward audit.
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We are in The Huffington Post!
Eleanor O’Neill recently visited the Fashion Enter factory and wrote this rather inspirational article for The Huffington Post as a result…
‘Enter Fashion Enter – the thoroughly modern British factory. Situated in North London, they produce clothing for ASOS, the M&S ‘Best of British’ line and, more recently, London born brand Finery, as well as smaller start up labels. But what makes them different is their investment in apprenticeships, skills and education alongside manufacture.
‘Forget the bleak stigma attached to a factory environment and think clean, airy, light filled spaces.’
Read the full article here
Tank Magazine visits The Factory
This week we also welcomed Tamsin Blanchard, Fashion Features Director at Tank Magazine to the Factory. Tank is an independent UK-based magazine launched in 1998 that covers contemporary culture, fashion, art, architecture, technology and politics. Tamsin was interested to learn about The Factory and Fashion Technology Academy and interviewed the two learners Eve and Theodora who received the Alvanon bursary to take the Perfect Pattern Cutting course. Watch this space!
Tamsin reviewing The Factory
Stitching Academy for Tomorrow’s Designers Open Day – 21st July 11am – 2pm
Tomorrow will see the Factory open its doors to anyone who is interested in joining the Stitching Academy for Tomorrow’s Designers; a FREE accredited six week course available to those unemployed and living in Hackney, Islington, Newham, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets.
New Apprenticeship Job Available!
An exciting new apprenticeship has just become available with creative design agency Moseley Road. Based in Shoreditch Moseley Road offer unique designs, invaluable trend research and innovative fabrics to clients such as Nasty Gal, River Island, Topshop, Urban Outfitters and designers Christopher Kane, Henry Holland and Matthew Williamson! The role as Design Apprentice will involve drawing and sketching garments, assisting with trend research and much more!
If you think you think you have what it takes email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV, date of birth and 5 of your best portfolio pages.
CPPD Workshops are flying!
Last Thursday a further CPPD (continual personal and professional development) workshop took place with New Look employees working across buying and quality assurance.
‘I have learnt the other side of the supply chain and the problems suppliers face. This workshop was very helpful for my job role. Very friendly factory.’ Lauren, BAA
This Friday M&S return for a further ‘Factory Uncovered’ workshop and in September we are delighted to welcome Arcadia for their first CPPD workshop at The Factory.
National Women in Business Awards
CEO Jenny Holloway has been shortlisted for the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016, sponsored by HSBC. The regional award ceremony will take place on 16th September. Congratulations to Jenny and good luck!
Goodbye and Hello!
This week we say a fond farewell to two highly valued members of the educational team.
A huge thank you to Head of Learning Wendy Coley who will be moving on from 5th August. Wendy will be missed by both staff and learners and Carl Snellsgrove who has been invaluable in his role as Learning and Education Manager. Good luck in the next chapters of your careers!
With that we are delighted to welcome Esme Tecle who will be taking over the education administration from Carl and Dee Stewart who will join the teaching team
Welcome to this week’s Work Experience
This week we are joined by students Selina and Zoe who are both currently studying for their A-levels. Today the girls attended a jobs fair in Mile End where FashionCapital joined Creative Skillset to promote the courses and training available at the Fashion Technology Academy.
The girls did a fantastic job spreading the word!
Clients in the Fashion Studio Please Note:
Due to Health and Safety policy we can no longer have children under the age of 16 in the studio or Factory. If you bring your children they will have to wait in reception with an adult to supervise. Fashion Enter cannot take responsibility for minors on the site and they are not permitted to enter any area production area.
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk
The team visited the Business Design Centre to review fabric trends at the The London Textiles Fair. We asked ‘Is the Fashion Industry Racist?’ and attended the fashion debate at Conde nast College of Fashion and Design, we joined the Pokeman Go craze and even delved into the work of emoji’s and their effect on the fashion industry. Finally we reviewed a somewhat negative post Brexit survey taken by British manufacturers – our response you may find surprising.
Boutique Pick of the Week
Whilst temperatures soar we turn to Kimberley Garner’s stunning beachwear range Kimberley London as inspiration for this season’s summer wardrobe. Manufactured proudly in the Fashion Studio the luxurious Italian linen fabric is double lined accentuating and complimenting the female form. Choose from a range of printed one piece swim-suits or the Coachella collection bikinis.
Shop Kimberley London here