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Are You Business Plan Ready?


Newsletter 26th June 2024

Growing Your Own Business

Newtown College

FEL’s CEO Jenny Holloway has just spent the last two days in Newtown, Wales. Steeped in fashion manufacturing and mail order history, Jenny was on hand to provide her expertise and advice to students and small business owners. On Monday Jenny took part in two workshops alongside; Big Ideas Wales and Antur Cymru, to encourage and inspire Newtown College students on their next steps and how to become small business ready. 

The following day the event opened out to the general public and those that are specifically wanting to start or grow their own business. Here, Jenny gave a very personal account of her business journey, the highs and the lows, and she was able to advise on the attributes and knowledge required to run an effective business in today’s unpredictable economic climate.

Jenny said: “This area of Wales has so much industry heritage and this needs to be embraced alongside new ways forward. Thank-you to Newtown College for inviting me to speak to the students and local entrepreneurs. I met some wonderful individuals with innovative business ideas and myself and the team are looking forward to providing further industry skills courses and workshops in the future.”

Are You Business Plan Ready?

This was the question asked at today’s free Zoom masterclass as we divulged all the essentials an aspiring fashion brand needs to know and include when compiling a business plan. Attendees were welcome to ask specific questions at the end of the 1-hour session and the feedback was excellent.

If you missed this masterclass then tap here for a brief 10 point article on putting together a business plan.

For our next Zoom masterclass and our agenda of short courses visit the FashionCapital eventbrite page.

Pivoting the Business

The FEL team have been busy moving and restructuring the Haringey unit into a specialist production hub. Thanks to Postcode Lottery Funding the move to Unit 4 is almost complete and includes spaces to create, learn, manufacture, repair and repurpose.

Not 1 but 3!

Due to popular demand we have 3 Upcycling Workshops scheduled throughout August at the FC Designer Workspace. Take your pick from Friday 2nd, 9th or 16th for our all-day workshops that can be adapted to your level / project needs. Get to work on clothes you don’t wear and make them into something new!

Tap here for all dates and to book your place, the sessions run from 10am – 4pm and cost £30. 

Last Few Days: Win a B of London Voucher

If you would like to be in with a chance to win a £100 B of London voucher you need to:

Follow @boflondon on TikTok, find the ‘It’s Competition Time” post, like, tag and share by Sunday 30th June 5pm.

Good luck!

Summer Short Courses

Join us for 1 or 4-day courses and beef up your sewing and patterns skills this summer:

Creating a Dress

Creating a Skirt

Creating a Pair of Trousers

Creating a Sleeved Bodice

These are 1-day intermediate classes, if you are looking for beginner sessions we are running our popular 1-day Upcycle workshop and 4-day Stitching and Patterns classes taught by our experienced and friendly team.

To see all the summer courses on offer tap here.

Ongoing Courses

Roll-on courses available at all campuses Islington, Haringey and Leicester: 

Level 1 & 2 in Stitching

Level 1 & 2 in Patterns

Various Levels in Tailoring

Diploma in Fashion Design and Business 

If you are unemployed or low income (below £23,302.50), over 19-years-old, you could be eligible to join some of our courses for free. Email: education@fashion-enter.com to enquire.

Masterclasses and Short Courses 

Courses for June and July…


29th June – Saturday Stitching Club: Introduction to Sewing – FC Designer Workspace – £30

13th July – Saturday Stitching Club: Introduction to Sewing – FC Designer Workspace – £30

29th July – 1st Aug – 4-Day Beginners Stitching course – FC Designer Workspace – £100

Pattern Cutting:

29th July – 1st Aug – 4-Day Beginners Pattern Cutting course – FC Designer Workspace – £100

Repair and Upcycling Drop In:

16th July – Repair and Upcycling Drop In – FC Designer Collective shop – free


3rd – 5th July – 3-Day Style3D course for Beginners – FTA / Styleverse Innovation Centre Haringey – £199

Tap here for more dates and classes taking place throughout the summer.

Looking for a specific course? Contact us: 0208 809 3311

education@fashion-enter.com www.FCFTA.com 

This Week on FashionCapital…

Setting up your own business? Learn about the Value of a Written Contract from our Legal Eagle Nick Gould. 

And Finally…

A great friend of Jenny Holloway, Dr Louise Austin, specialist in Psychoanalytic Studies and Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, is holding an online workshop with Emer Wynne. Taking place on 9th July ‘The art of living the question: How to creatively respond to change and uncertainty’ taster workshop is ideal for those wanting to use creative and imaginative ways to access intuitive wisdom. To find out more and book your place tap here.

Until next time, have a great week.

From the Team at FashionCapital 

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