Newsletter 2nd August 2017
Managing your Accounts – All start-ups and scale-ups need help!
So you’ve embarked upon the journey of running your own fashion label and you have just got to get your finances right – from day one!
Fashion Enter is here to support you every step of the way and with our upcoming Essential Workshops covering topics from design development, branding and fabric appreciation we want to ensure you receive the right guidance and advice from the experts to help you succeed.
One area that we will be centring on is finance! We know this can be a headache for creative businesses and managing your accounts needs to be done as easily and as accuratley as possible!
So this is why we are shortly working with a leading provider on finance systems to provide initial advice on how to fiance systems work with double entry book keeping, keep setting up cash flow systems, how to accurately define your receipts and expenses, manage your customers and suppliers, and submit VAT returns and much more!
Watch this space! Soon to be announced information at your finger tips!
Essential Workshops #1
Come along to this two hour workshop on Thursday 21st September: Ten steps to starting your own business. Tracey Parks-Taylor former Global Marketing Director for Monsoon and Accessorize will be on hand to offer expert advice on starting your own label.
Members receive a 20% discount for every workshop!
FC Fashion Meet-up!
We still have a few spaces available for the first quarterly fashion networking event at The Factory! Our industry expert guest speaker is former Buying Director Topshop, ASOS and Finery Caren Downie who will be discussing what makes a successful brand! The drinks will be flowing!
Free for all members
Did you see us on BBC News last Friday?
BBC News came to visit Fashion Enter on Friday 28th July to interview Jenny Holloway, CEO, about the free movement of workers in the European Union. With 11 different nationalities working at The Factory it’s certainly a hot topic of discussion!
Do you want to work for ASOS?
We are excited to announce we have now gone live with THREE new apprenticeship vacancies with the etail giant ASOS
Apprenticeship Open Day
On Monday 7th August we will be hosting an open day for those looking to complete an apprenticeship and take the next step in their education and career. Currently we have over 15 roles available including ASOS and Topshop. Come along to learn how to apply for these exciting roles!
Rosie’s Success Story!
Rosie Holden joined the Level 1 Stitching Academy in 2015, she progressed onto Level 2 and then we hired her as the Fashion Studio Assistant Manager. Since gaining this invaluable experience she has now been hired by Ted Baker as Production Assistant!
Take a look at Rosie’s story here
This could be you! Start your fashion career now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what opportunities we have available!
George at ASDA return for the Factory Uncovered workshop
Today we welcomed a cohort from George at ASDA to the Factory to teach how an ethical factory in the UK operates and what they should be looking out for when they visit manufacturers. Here are a few comments:
‘I have learnt thought processes behind lay planning and how a small amend on a garment can create lots of consequences in fit of a garment’ Claire – Assistant Buyer
‘I lovd this workshop, I found it really interesteing and informative. All the speakers seemed knowledgeable and passionate about their roles. I really enjoyed the upfront honesty!’ Bridie – Assistant Merchandiser
‘I have learnt a great deal about what actually happens in a factory – costs, fit diagnostics, cost saving, proceedures, issues and how to rectify and machine timings. All presenters very interesting to listen to, I appreciated the personal shared experiences. Really enjoyed it!’ Ellie – Assistant Buyer Menswear Jersey
Caris Summer Play Scheme visit The Factory
We also welcomed one of the youngest cohorts of students to the Factory this week. From the Caris Summer Play scheme a group of 10 year olds took their first steps into the world of garment production. The scheme is a charity that enables homeless families, children and young people to build community networks and aims to improve their health, education and social provision.
Fashion Enter previously donated garments to the charity so it was a delight to meet them and show them the Factory!
Welcome to Jo Price
We are delighted to welcome Senior Lecturer Jo Price to the education team at the Fashion Technology Academy
‘I am super excited about working with you all in a company that is all about and only about the fashion industry. I have been teaching since 2001, firstly at Lewisham College and then moving to Barking & Dagenham College (BDC) in 2005 and I have been working here for 12 years. A couple of years into my teaching at BDC we had the opportunity of working with fashion Enter on a project themed ‘The little black dress’. When made, the dresses were sold in a pop up shop in Barking town centre, it was a fantastic opportunity for both me and the students.
I strive to get the best out of my students and have a positive outlook on life. Whatever job I do, I will put my heart into it.
I have had some industry experience with small companies and working with factories and I also have a small studio space myself where I pattern cut and make my own clothes.
I am ready for a new adventure and the challenges it will offer and I can’t wait to meet everyone.’
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk
Katie Farley introduces Carli Pearson, the creative talent behind the emerging, innovative womenswear label, Cimone.
Katie Farley reports on the upbeat trends for Summer 2017 as seen on the runway at fashion week’s around the world from designers such as Mulberry, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana
Boutique Pick of the Week
This week our boutique pick of the week is this gorgeous New York Silk Robe from Fashion Studio client Nui Ami. Made from 94% silk and 6% elastane, coming in one size for all, the robe is a classic silk satin kimono, featuring an indigo and lilac colour palette. Inspired by women around the world, the new city collections capture the sophisticated, bold and strong women seen everyday