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Newsletter 3rd July 2024

Outstanding Feedback on FTA Courses

The Fashion Technology Academy teaching facility located at the FC Designer Workspace on Durham Road, Islington, recently underwent a curriculum and monitoring audit from Capital City College Group (CCCG).

Chris Humphreys, Head of Quality and Tina Plummer, Head of Teaching and Learning from City of Islington College, visited our Islington campus which provides stitching skills for Level 1 and 2, as well as Level 5 tailoring and the 16 – 19 year learners on the UAL fashion and business course. 

The feedback from Chris and Tina was outstanding; they commented on how reliable the FTA was – how we listen, implement and improve, and we were absolutely delighted to have our hard working efforts recognised. 

We’re 500% up on budget with CCCG over the last three years and our quality has INCREASED – higher than the national average for the same qualifications as this latest report highlights. None of these results would be possible without an amazing team behind the FTA. 

Here’s FEL CEO Jenny Holloway taking the team out for breakfast to celebrate.

July Update on Postcode Lottery Funding

All change at Fashion-Enter Ltd, take a look at this short video update on the changes going on at FEL’s HQ in Haringey. It’s with big thanks to Postcode Lottery Funding that we are able to make these essential changes to support a more sustainable and circular business model.

Newtown College 2-Day Event

Last week FEL CEO, Jenny Holloway took part in a 2-day event at Newtown College providing business support, advice and inspiration to students and own business entrepreneurs. 

She commented: “The interaction with the second-year students was amazing! I presented a case study about Fashion-Enter Ltd, and how this company started from zero finance trading. From humble beginnings trading from a donated shop in Croydon Centrale shopping centre to a company producing garments for Very Group and N Brown, plus an educational Fashion Technology Academy, providing education from Levels 1 to 5.”

“The second day, open to the public, was a very engaging session. The companies that attended were diverse, not all fashion, but it was a very proactive and the 2-hours ran on to nearly 3, and afterwards discussions continued into lunch!

“This 2-day event provided an excellent start to a long term partnership working with Newtown College, NPTC Group of Colleges in Powys.” 

What a Total disgrace – £1.4bn of PPE Destroyed

FEL, along with many UK manufacturers, supported with PPE production during COVID

Jenny’s recent post on Linked In on the news that revealed about £1.4bn worth of PPE aprons, masks and goggles, which were fully compliant and delivered in good order, were incinerated, recycled or written off, has received numerous comments. If you would like to have your say about this issue please add your comment here.

Fashion Studio Client: WellCool Clothing

Fashion Studio client WellCool Clothing have expanded their hospital nightwear range to include accessible loungewear separates designed for medical care patients. Made of super soft, light cotton for optimal comfort and a more dignified experience, the designs feature discreet access & care for: 

* IV Lines & Ports 

* Cancer Treatment 

* Mastectomy & drains

* Bowel Surgery & Stoma Care 

Founder of WellCool Clothing Kirsty Glenn said: “Thank-you Jennifer Holloway and the Fashion-Enter team for a first class & top quality service.” 

Packed ready for dispatch

The WellCool Clothing loungewear separates will be available from next week.

Providing Careers Advice at LCB Depot Leicester

On 27th June, Divya Kamath represented the FC Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) Leicester at the Creative Careers Day at LCB Depot. LCB Depot worked with The Leicester & Leicestershire Careers Hub to host the speed networking event for local secondary school teachers as part of an immersive professional development day around the creative & digital industries. 

FEL’s FTA Leicester was one of the local skills providers invited to take part. Divya said: “It was my pleasure to attend Creative Careers Day at LCB Depot on 27th June 2024. I would like to thank James at LCB Depot and Tom at Leicester and Leicester Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) for giving this opportunity to the Fashion Technology Academy to take part in this event.    

“We were able to have one-to-one discussions with secondary school teachers about the highly successful courses and career paths we provide in fashion and textiles as well as our workshops, apprenticeship opportunities and employability courses.” 

Fond Farewell Sue Tilley, LLEP

On the subject of Leicester Jenny and the FEL team would like to say a fond farewell to Sue Tilley as she announced her retirement from the LLEP after 13-years this week.

Jenny said: “Sue I cannot believe you are retiring! You have been and amazing guiding light for Leicester and fashion and you will be so missed. Thank-you for all you have achieved and do not loose touch.”

Need Business Plan Support?

Our free and informative Zoom masterclass on Crafting a Powerful Business Plan has been rescheduled to Wednesday 24th July. Join us for this free 1-hour session starting at 10am to hear all the key points you need to include to ensure your business plan is investment ready.

Tap here to register for this masterclass, a Zoom link will be sent to you closer to the date.

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 July


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

Business Advice:

24th July – Crafting a Powerful Business Plan in the Fashion Industry – Free 1-hour masterclass online

Style3D Styleverse Innovation Centre: 

Learn all about Style3D’s capabilities with us at the Styleverse Innovation Centre in Haringey. From devising your own avatars to creative 3D design that is accurate, efficient and a serious industry game changer. Come and see the technology in action, or book a learning session with us adapted to your level. For all interest in Style3D please scan the QR Code below. 

Contact us: education@fashion-enter.com or call 0208 809 3311

This Week on FashionCapital…

The Fashion and Textile Industry in Data

B of London Winner

Congratulations to Amy Dolley on winning the B of London £100 voucher competition, happy spending. Keep your eyes peeled as new B of London designs are about to go live on SilkFred.com very soon!

And Finally…

Today, Jenny and Lan welcomed 6 apprentices on the Fashion and Textiles Product Technologist pathway with Next (Image above). While in Leicester, Divya worked on the Multiply numeracy course with employees from Barrie (Image below).

Tomorrow is a big day for the UK with the general election, if you would like to find out more about about the key issues the next elected government will need to tackle in order for our industry to thrive, then Make UK, The Manufacturers Organisation has released a general election manifesto and tool kit.

Until next time, have a great week.

From the Team at FashionCapital 

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