NEWSLETTER 24th December 2014
There is no avoiding the fact that Christmas is upon us, tomorrow in fact, and with the New Year just around the corner the time is ripe for reflection on the year just past. 2014 has been a very productive year for the team at FashionCapital.co.uk and Fashion Enter, and that’s thanks to all the hard work, commitment and drive of each and every team member, not forgetting to mention our extremely dedicated CEO Jenny Holloway.
Here are some of our fantastic achievements over the past year:
- 38% increase in sales with M&S ‘Best of British’
- New accounts to be opened in 2015 including Harrods, Jaeger, Hobbs
- Factory Compliance achieved for Sedex
- A £570k grant from Government for Fashion Technology Academy
- The leading provider of apprenticeships in England for Fashion
- Tick accreditation for training by Creative Skillset
- ABC Centre Showcase Award for Excellence
- Two Ofsted visits – One rated us Outstanding for teaching
- Bespoke projects which were a resounding success such as the ‘Big Fashion Conversation’
- Launched in-house label ‘Belles of London’ with QVC resulting confirmed orders
- The Fashion Studio is growing again with new quality clients
- We re-launched the UK’s leading fashion portal FashionCapital.co.uk
- RBS sponsored the launch party of FashionCapital along with the BeTheBest@NatWest initiative
- SBT winners (official in Jan 2014)
- A growing reputation that has spread to Europe where we are invited to speak at conferences regarding our social enterprise ethos.
All this plus hosting regular educational visits, seminars and workshops to ensure that British manufacturing will thrive with a skilled and local workforce.
And the occasional seaside trip and off-the-wall party!
As you can see it has been a busy year indeed and we celebrated in true style with an after-work Christmas party for all the team that included Karaoke, dancing and plenty of alcoholic beverages! Here are some pictures…
‘New FashionCapital Membership Package’ for 2015
If you have been thinking about joining FashionCapital as a member then now is the time to do it. Offering an invaluable service annual membership with FashionCapital.co.uk is structured to aid emerging and established designers with a cross section of support from a broad range of industry experts.
For a yearly membership you will receive:
Business diagnostics meeting
Discounted rates on mentoring packages
Discounted access to quarterly seminars – ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’
10% discounted rates on sampling
Members only access to FashionCapital.co.uk
Intro to industry via FashionCapital.co.uk
Promotional campaign via FashionCapital.co.uk and all viral networks
Weekly newsletter with industry and membership updates
User guide to FashionCapital.co.uk
Discounted rates for all events
From 16th January 2015 the yearly rate will increase to £150 plus vat
Sign up here now to receive the current rate of £125 plus vat – https://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/registration
There will be an open day at The Factory on 15th January if you would like to meet with the team, review the sampling and production facilities and learn more about the membership and mentoring packages before joining as a member.
Here are just a few comments from our most recent members:
“I wanted to send you a mail to say thank you for your support and commitment in ensuring we received our SS15 samples within the short period you had to produce them.We are very happy with the samples which look great for the shoot and for this weeks press days. Once again thank you from the OTHER team.”
“Recently we joined FashionCapital and have mentoring to help us with strategies and manage the teething problems we were experiencing. We chose Carolyn Springett for her excellent knowledge and background in multiple sectors of the fashion industry. Carolyn has been a massive help, she has helped us resolve sampling and manufacturing issues, brought up elements we should think about and built confidence in our decisions. Carolyn has become a valuable source and is our port of call when we need sound advice. As a new company we feel more stable and confident in our actions. Our only regret is we did not take mentoring earlier, thank you Carolyn for all your ongoing help!’ Megan
Well done to Sameer Ahmed (pictured right) for landing the apprenticeship position of Production Assistant with Dewhirst Menswear. The position will enable Sameer to achieve his Advanced Apprenticeship qualification in Fashion and Textiles.
“When Jenni Sutton at FashionCapital contacted me about an apprenticeship opportunity at Dewhirst, I couldn’t believe it! She gave me full support throughout the process and kept in touch with me. Before and after the interview I found talking to Jenni helped me believe in myself and feel that I could achieve, as she was there to support me. It felt amazing when I walked into Dewhirst’s but I was really nervous. However, the people I met there, from the receptionist to the team who interviewed me made me feel really comfortable and were really friendly! I’m really looking forward to becoming a member of the team in the New Year, this is definitely the place for me!”
On FashionCapital.co.uk This Week…
Katie Farley takes a look at ‘What’s Trending for 2015’ from designers to models to high street collaborations. Paul J Markevicus is inspired by the focus and drive of Karen Gold, Paul met her at the Stitching Academy earlier in the year and she has since developed her idea into a collection, click here to read more. And while American export Black Friday may well have perked up the sales figures for many retailers analysts are concerned about the post-Christmas, post-sales slump that hits the shops mid-January and the affect this will have on bricks and mortar businesses.
Boutique Pick of the Week
For those that wait until the Boxing Day sales to shop for Christmas presents (apparently 17% of us do) then we suggest you take a look online as many sales have already begun. As seasoned shoppers know, speed is key when snapping up a bargain. We’ve just had a look at ASOS.com to find many fantastic deals like this Helene Berman Two Button Cozy Coat, was £205.00 now £105.00, made from 70% Wool, 10% Cashmere and 20% Nylon this classic coat with double breasted fastening will last for many seasons to come. Some sizes have already sold out so you’ll need to be swift to bag this stylish number.
Helene Berman Two Button Cozy Coat in Cherry click here to view.
The team wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a successful New Year x