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Are You Shark Tank Ready?


FashionCapital Newsletter

Wednesday 24th October 2018
Dear all,

Happy 3rd FTA!

Can you believe it was three years ago that we started the Fashion Technology Academy! Since setting up The Factory in 2010 we soon realised how vast the skills shortage in production was which led to the development of the Stitching Academy followed by Fashion Technology Academy. Next we have the Tailoring Academy due to open early next year to ensure ongoing training for the next generation of skilled production workers.

Click here to view how we work with ASOS.com

Thank-You Donegal

Last week our CEO Jenny Holloway was invited to speak to Donegal’s female entrepreneurs at a National Women’s Enterprise Day business event. Jenny spoke about having the grit and determination to succeed in business and advised that “failure does occur but you brush yourself down and start again!”

Jenny comments: “Thank you to the Donegal Local Enterprise office for inviting me to speak. I met some truly inspirational women; both speakers and attendees! So many people I talked to were about to make that brave step into launching their own brands – yes, you can do it!  It may not always be easy but certainly the majority of the people in that room have the skills to succeed!” 

An ongoing collaborative project with Donegal businesses will be announced soon.

Read more about the event here.

Are You Shark Tank Ready?

We are delighted to announce a new FashionCapital mentor for our popular in-house masterclasses – Dean Craven. The objective of these masterclasses is to understand the fundamentals of business and figures!  We know creatives love figures (not) however it’s essential to ensure that the cost prices are right; that you understand direct v indirect costs, cost of goods made, net profit and gross profit and how to ensure you pay for yourself too! ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’! Dean’s first Masterclass will take place next February – click here to read all about him.

Discounted Fabric for Gumley House School

There’s no doubt that education and skills are the way forward and we recently provided Gumley House School with discounted fabric for a Subtraction Pattern Cutting workshop the A-Level Art & Design students have been working on. Check out some of the results…don’t they look amazing!

How To Be More Confident With Eric Gilston

Last week Life Coach & Motivational Speaker Eric Gilston returned to FC HQ to deliver another uplifting and inspirational talk to our current cohort of learners.

Feedback included:

‘I have learnt to be firm and assertive with positivity. Excellent points made to be an achiever!’ Olaboye

‘I know now how to approach different situations in life.’ Sharon

‘How to be more confident using the 15 top tips – Brilliant.’ Sandra

We look forward to Eric’s next motivational masterclass.

ARK Putney Academy Students Pay Us a Visit

Today Year 10 & 11 ARK Putney Academy students visited the Factory to learn all about the production process and the various career options, courses and apprenticeships available.

Look After Your Staff and They Will Look After You

There’s been a lot in the press about health and wellbeing of late and without a doubt a happy workforce is a more productive one. Yesterday we were pleased to welcome Lang who gave our machinists the most wonderful massage. Lang was so popular she will be back next month!

Masterclasses Coming Soon

TR Pattern Cutting Taster Masterclass with Claudette Joseph
How to Build A Successful Brand with Caren Downie

Courses Coming Soon…

On going: Perfect Patterns Level 1 and 2

On going: Stitching Academy Level 1 and 2

Remember we offer free technical fashion courses if you are unemployed or earn less than £15,800! Email esme@fashion-enter.com
Gerber Accumark for Beginners – 10th, 17th and 24th November

Technical Design & Pattern Cutting CAD Course

The next start date will be the 16th November for the Technical Design & Pattern Cutting CAD course with eTelestia. This course is ideal for anyone wishing to develop CAD skills for a career in fashion or for designers who would like to draft and design their own styles accurately.

This course involves a mix of online study and class meetings to find out more and register your interest email education@fashion-enter.com

Fabric Swatch of the Week

A Halloween special…blood dripping scuba jersey perfect for that spooktacular outfit available from the FCFabricStudio now at £6- a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

1. Need a fashion model – we highlight some top tips on booking the right model for your brand.

2. Wanted Garment Tech Apprentice for Mountain Warehouse

3. Introducing Sewport the online fashion manufacturing marketplace.

4. This week Julia Burrows, Senior Tutor at the Fashion Technology Academy talks about her job and career to date. Watch this space as our Production Director and CEO will be revealing all about their career paths soon!

And Finally…

A massive well done to our social media queen and journalist Katie Farley. Katie is disabled with Cerebral Palsy and she took on a personal challenge to walk whole mile at the Great South Run last weekend. Click here to find out moreand to sponsor Katie and the Superpeople team.




More from the FashionCapital team next time, until then we wish you a great week.

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