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“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin 

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Newsletter 16th August 2017

Dear all,

Let’s talk finances! While they may not be on top of most fashion designers lists they are incredibly crucial to get to grips with from the very beginning. We have unfortunately seen many designers over the years that have won rave reviews from the critics only to crash and burn due to poorly managed finances. We don’t want our members to make that same mistake. That’s why we have joined forces with Sage, their software and accounting services ensures time saving clarity that is convenient, fast and responsive.

In the evening of the 28th September we will be hosting our Quarterly Fashion Meet Up at the Fashion Enter Factory in North London where a representative from Sage will be on hand to explain how Sage can help you and your business…

Sage One in Brief:

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What is Sage One?

Sage One is the essential cloud accounting and payroll solution that empowers entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses globally. Take control of your business whenever, wherever with easy to use mobile and web apps.

Built on Sage’s cloud accounting platform with bank-level security. Sage One requires no installation, has lower startups costs and is usable form any internet connected device.

Feeling the pain?

Sage One helps solve these business problems, and a lot more.

Too much time spent entering data by hand and reconciliations

Lost information and mistakes due to your current pen, paper, and spread sheet process

Uncertainty about financial status – e.g. “What’s my projected cash flow in 3 months?”

Anxiety about accuracy, compliance, and potential

Constant distraction from nurturing your passion and customer relationships

Benefits for your business

Simplify your day, your month, and your year. Get started fast with Sage One’s intuitive interface. Speed up your daily to-do’s, understand weekly performance, and make month- and year-end processes drop-dead simple.

Always be compliant and accurate

Run your business professionally. Understand money in the bank and your financial position

Stay secure and grow with Sage.

No need to remember to back up and secure data—we’ve got your back.

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Want to find out more and register for this event please contact: Jenni Sutton jenni@fashion-enter.com

Click here to read more about managing your accounts online with Sage



Apprenticeship of the Week

16 aug susannah apprentice jobAn opportunity has arisen for a Studio Assistant Apprentice to join leather handbag and accessories label Susannah Hunter in their central London atelier based in Bloomsbury. As Studio Assistant you will be trained in all aspects of creating leather handbags and accessories. Whilst training and learning the skills of a machinist you will also assist with the general running of the studio including greeting clients, admin duties and social media. 

To find out about this position and other apprenticeships on offer click here




George at Asda at the Factory

16 aug asda cppdLast week we welcomed a cohort of employees from George at Asda to the Fashion Enter factory. Completing one of our bespoke CPPD courses, they were presented with the opportunity to gain insightful understanding of how an ethical British manufacturer operates. 

Feedback from the group included:

“This CPPD has given me the ability to visualise production and has offered real life examples.  I would recommend these to anyone in retail.  It has given more of a respect towards supplies base and factories.” – Hannah

“I have learnt across all areas of the business… great overview given from retail to supplier.” – Francesca

“I have learnt a lot from this seminar…. The whole factory process and the pattern cutting was really refreshing to learn more about.” – Ellie

To find out more about our bespoke CPPD courses click here




Dates For Your Diary

Thursday 21st September: Ten steps to starting your own business. Tracey Parks-Taylor

Thursday 21st September: 12.30 – 18.30 New London Architecture (NLA) is hosting Haringey: The Next Chapter half-day conference with input from stakeholders and businesses in the area, including Fashion Enter CEO Jenny Holloway. Vue Cinema, 180 High Rd, Wood Green, London N22 6EJ.

Thursday 28th September: Quarterly Fashion Meet Up – we have a handful of spaces left for our first informal networking event with guest speaker, Caren Downie she will be discussing what makes a successful brand while a representative from Sage Accounting Services will advise on all things financial.

Tuesday 3rd October: The design process and product development. Gabby Shiner-Hill

Thursday 19th October: FashionCapital Trunk Show #3 Newcastle

Thursday 26th October: Fabric appreciation. Deborah Shulton

Thursday November 9th: The importance of branding and how to sell online. Aaron & Harriet Rudman-Hawkins

Thursday November 23rd: Public relations, influencers and social media. Rosie Davies.

Please contact Jenni Sutton jenni@fashion-enter.com for further details and to confirm your attendance.

Members get priority access to all seminars and workshops including 20% discount to find out more click here.



Fabric Swatch of the Week

Our trend guru Katie Farley has put us in a tailoring state of mind and we have the perfect pinstripe silk in navy and white – ideal for that statement blouse. Available now on FCFabricStudio.com at £8 a metre.

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suits you aw 17This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Hackney, Brixton, Dalston…all areas of London that have received copious amounts of regeneration that have taken them from ‘no-go’ to ‘hot-spot’ in a matter of years. So where in London will be the next creative hub ripe for investment?

Phil Robins runs his own business – The Fabric & Design Co, here he talks openly about his fashion journey, the ups, the downs, along with his take and tips on the industry.

Tailoring is big business, a look that is real, smart and something you can wear at work and now ticks the boxes for alluring eveningwear too reports Katie Farley.





Boutique Pick of the Weekbum bags

Bum bags are back! Wear across the body (as seen by super hip guys at LFW: Men) or go old school and buckle around the waist. We’ve picked out this peachy-orange, canvas tube bum bag by Dr Banana, which features 4 pockets and is built to last! Available now from ASOS Marketplace retailing at £30-

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Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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