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Impact of the Apprenticeship Levy


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Newsletter 12th April 2017

Dear all, 

The week the government implements the new apprenticeship levy, we ask what does it really mean and what impact will it have?


CEO Jenny Holloway commented:

‘The concept of the Apprenticeship Levy is fundamentally sound after all large employers with a PAYE bill of over £3m should be investing in the future of all skills. However, there is so much confusion by employers and a lack of quality pertinent information available to the training providers.  We found out only yesterday how the funding bands work for employers and we are the largest training provider in England for level 3 apprenticeships in Garment Technology. Anything new takes time… I’m sure it will settle down!’

Find out more here  

In Further Apprenticeship News

We are delighted to welcome two new apprentices to the Level 3 Garment Technology programme.

Kim Kendall joins Topman today as their Garment Technologist Apprentice


Then this week M&Co held interviews and have now selected Naznin to join the team with their womenswear department which she will commence in May, Naznin commented:

Thank you Jenni for all the help you gave me since the beginning, words can’t describe how excited I am for this new start. Without your help, I wouldn’t have got the opportunity to work with M&Co. Once again thank you so so so so much’



Opportunities with M&Co are still available!


The chain store selling women’s, men’s and children’s clothes are also recruiting for two more apprentices. One role is as a Technical Trainee in kids and menswear and a further role as a Sourcing Trainee within their sourcing team is available. The job descriptions and how to apply can be reviewed here –


Technical Trainee

Sourcing Trainee

Good luck!

Last FREE spaces now available on Level 1 Stitching and Pattern Cutting!


As part of the Tomorrow’s Designers funded project with Creative Skillset and the JP Morgan Foundation we have been able to offer 100 free spaces on the Level 1 Stitching Academy and Perfect Pattern Cutting Course. 88 learners have now successfully gone through the programme with many progressing onto the more advanced Level 2 course or embarking on the reality of their own fashion label having now acquired the technical skills. This could be you!

To enquire about availability and start dates please email education@fashion-enter.com




Best of Britannia and Fashion Enter join forces this year to support British Manufacturing. 

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Launched in 2012, Best of Britannia is an event that showcases and celebrates British heritage, products and the people behind them, showcasing the best of British manufacturers and supporting the home grown talent spanning across a number of industries.   This year, The Old Truman Brewery, East London, will become home to the event from Thursday 12th October – Friday 13th October.

“As a social enterprise proudly manufacturing in the UK and waving that “Made in Britain” flag, we are delighted to be returning to BOB for a second year running,” says Jenny Holloway, CEO, Fashion-Enter. “As the on shoring of UK garment production continues to thrive it is imperative we successfully plan for the future and up skill the next generation.”

SVP New Designer Competition!

Are you a budding fashion designer? This is your opportunity to put your design skills to the test and enter the SVP new Designer Competition where the winner will receive a cash award of £750, a bursary for a Fashion Technology Academy short course and a design interview with a leading fashion brand!

To apply click here

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Do you understand your Fabrics?


As a designer, fashion buyer or garment technologist it is imperative you understand your fabrics.

It is astonishing that many designers and buyers enter a fashion career with very little textile knowledge or understanding. This course in ‘Fabric Appreciation’ taking place on 26th April at The Factory gives an essential guide to textiles and a general appreciation of textile manufacturing in a live factory environment. It also covers some of influences on cost; lead time and quality.

Led by former Fabric Technologist for M&S Deborah Shulton it has already proven not to be missed!

To enquire about costs and availability please email jenni@fashion-enter.com

From the Needle Point to the Board-room

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David Reay, fashion industry leader, will present a workshop for owners of high-growth fashion brands with ambition: “From the Needle-point to the Board-room”.

Hosted by FashionCapital onThursday 27th April 2017, 10am – 12pmthe workshop will be held at The Fashion Technology Academy, Unit 13, Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ. (Nearest tube: Manor House) To book please email: info@fashioncapital.co.uk

CPPD Workshops are flying!


At the Factory we are 100% transparent and open our doors to the industry to lift the lid on the real UK garment industry and what retailers should be looking for in an ethical and fully compliant factory. With regular workshops now taking place with New Look, M&S, the Arcadia Group and Fat Face we are now delighted to welcome both ASDA and Silk Fred to the factory for their first CPPD ‘Factory Uncovered’ workshops.


Welcome back Remmy and Angela


We are so pleased to welcome back Remmy and Angela to the Fashion Studio, we have worked with them for a number of years and they have the most beautiful intricate collection that they will be releasing over the coming months. Angela adds, ”The UnnU8  brand consists of quality Men and Women garments. The unique designs are a fusion of classic and urban features that are suitable for work or pleasure.  The first UnnU8 collection, is designed to be versatile and is inspired by the palindromic name and the number eight, therefore symbolising eternity.  It is an all season must-have. The designer Remmy, has created a unique, sleek but eye-catching personality to his designs”

Unnu8 is a label to watch out for and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be working for both Remmy and Angela who we consider foremost friends of the studio… stay tuned for photos and launch details!



IT role available at Fashion Enter Head Office!


A position in IT support has become available at Fashion Enter headquarters. The role would involve technical support by monitoring and maintaining all networks within the organisation as well as installing and configuring computer systems and diagnosing and solving hardware/software faults.

To enquire please submit your CV to info@fashion-enter.com

Congratulations Anna!

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Anna Gall worked for Fashion Enter in the Production Office a few years ago. Today CEO Jenny is Godmother to her daughter Laura…

‘I take my responsibilities very seriously as the Godmother of beautiful Laura daughter of Anna who worked with us 3 years ago. My how time flies and just look how Laura has grown. Anna is now pregnant again and she’s looks stunning

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk


In aid of Women for Women International, The Store and The Vinyl Factory’s Brewer Street car park will become home to designers including Charlotte Olympia, Alice Temperly and MatchesFashion.com

From knitwear to workwear, patterns and prints, Sabrina Shafi reports on her top 5 trends to emerge from the Autumn/Winter 2017/18 international collections.


This Easter weekend spend your time off visiting a number of exhibitions in London and Bath…


Discover a new Spring Collection of Carole Waller’s wearable art – clothes and scarves – at the OneTwoFiveGallery in Bath

Explore Princess Diana’s iconic style at Kensington Palace 

Or visit the Fashion and Textiles Museum, London, to view the work of Josef Frank this Easter Weekend.



FC Fabrc Studio offers 10% discount for Easter Weekend Sales!

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As high street sales are set to surge this Easter weekend, the FCFabric Studio have announced a10% discounton all floral spring fabrics for customers to take advantage of. 

Brand Manager JennyBeth comments“We realise how easy it is to spend too much money not only on payday weekend, but also over Bank Holiday periods when retailers and brands host their sales, and so we are offering 10% off our spring floral fabrics, which are all high quality yet sold at wholesale prices giving you the ability to purchase great quality fabric without the guilt when Tuesday hits.” 

To take advantage of this offer, visit the FCFabricStudio website by clicking here

Fabric of the week

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Is this gorgeous textured floral jersey which gives a summery vibe with its floral print and denim look. 





Boutique pick of the week

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This week our boutique pick of the week is thispre-owned Gucci Belt which can be yours for £60, available only at the Women for Women International Car boot sale.  Sold by Vesitaire Collective who will be present at the Women for Women International #sheinspiresme car boot sale on the 6th May to raise money for the women survivors of wars in a bid to help them rebuild their lives and learn new skills.  http://www.vestiairecollective.com 

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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