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Newsletter 11th March 2020

Dear all,

Coping with Covid-19

As reported in Drapers today the Bank of England has announced extra support for small and medium-sized businesses amid the global coronavirus outbreak. The bank announced an emergency interest rate cut from 0.75% to 0.25% along with support lending schemes.

Here at FashionCapital HQ we are monitoring the situation closely to ensure the health and wellbeing of our teams across the factory and educational departments. As the numbers in coronavirus cases rise in the UK we wish those that are ill a speedy recovery and wish everyone else good health and safety at this difficult time.

Parliamentary Review

Featured as a Best Practice Representative:

“We were delighted to be selected and featured in the latest Parliamentary Review, however this article is very much about ALL manufacturers and not just Fashion-Enter Ltd.” – Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway.

STEM & Fashion with City Lions

Today we will be talking to schoolchildren about STEM in Fashion via the City Lions Westminster learning programme. City Lions provides cultural, creative and educational opportunities for school children aged 11 – 16 within the London area. The Fashion-Enter team will be discussing core numeracy and English learning wheels as well as sustainability and environmental concerns.

Fashion Enter CEO Jenny Holloway comments: “We are delighted to be going to City Lions today, there is so much changing in the world of fashion and what people don’t realise is that there is more to fashion than just being a designer. We really welcome this opportunity to explain and let the students explore all the options.”

Creative Enterprise Zones: One Year On

Jenny and Marquel speaking centre

Last Monday 9th March 2020 creative leaders, entrepreneurs, public sector and partners met for a conference Creative Enterprise Zones: One Year On at City Hall, London.

Fashion-Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway attended the afternoon session entitled: ‘How can Creative Enterprise Zones genuinely benefit local people?’ She was joined by Marquel Williams, former Fashion Technology Academy student, Tottenham resident and supporter of the N17 Creative Callings programme. Marquel shared his inspiring story on how Fashion-Enter helped him gain the skills and experience needed to succeed in the competitive fashion industry.

If you have just started or are looking to grow a small business in the Tottenham CEZ area, then please get in touch and we will advise on how N17 Creative Callings can help you and your business. Contact Esme: esme@fashion-enter.com

N17 Creative Callings: What’s Happening in Fashion Today

Today we are delivering our third N17 Creative Callings seminar on ‘What’s Happening in Fashion Today’. Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway will be joined by guest speaker Caren Downie (Former Topshop Buying Director, ASOS Buying Director, Finery London Brand Director and now Brand Director and Founder at ByOcular) for an insight into industry and how it is adapting to incorporate new technologies and speed of response / lean business models.

The next N17 Creative Callings free seminar session will take place Wednesday 18th March 2020 and is a Fabric Appreciation Taster with Deborah Shulton. 

This Saturday: Creative and Social Entrepreneurs Panel Event

To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, the borough of Haringey will be hosting a panel event where businesswomen and founders from Tottenham and beyond will share their journeys and insights. Whether you are a small business, an aspiring entrepreneur, unsure what’s next or just curious, come join the discussion, share your work and connect with inspiring businesses.

The event will also feature: Networking opportunities. Stands and information about current business support and skills programmes such as N17 Creative Callings, available to entrepreneurs, start ups, creatives and more.

All are welcome: Entrepreneurs, creatives, freelancers, seasoned/newly self-employed, budding sole traders and SMEs. All ages, students, teachers, part-time, full-time, unemployed or just curious.

Saturday 14th March 4 – 8pm Marcus Garvey Library, 1 Philip Lane, London N15 4JA.

This is a free event tap this link to register.

International Women’s Day

Last Sunday was International Women’s Day and while our HQ is brimming full of inspirational and motivated women we would like to highlight one in particular. Flora, a Level 1 student that has really transformed since joining the course. Flora has come through some incredibly tough times and it is truly wonderful to see her blossom and excel.

See You at Make It British Live Next Week!

Fashion-Enter and its sister brands will be back at Make it British Live! 17th & 18th March at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London. Now in it’s 7th year, Make it British Live! has established itself as the UK’s leading sourcing event for the complete supply chain. As a Made in Britain manufacturer we have fully supported this event from the outset. Come and find us on stand G24 as well as on stage to discuss ‘How to find an ethical factory.’ Click the link for more info: Make it British Live!

Repairing and Reprocessing

We currently have a team working on reprocessing orders at the factory. What is reprocessing? It’s when an embellished garment cannot be sold due to missing details such as beading, embroidery, stitching, patches and other decorative surface work in need of attention. Once the item is fully repaired it can be added back onto the marketplace and sold. A win for all concerned and a positive way to tackle stock waste. factory@fashioncapital.co.uk

Job & Apprenticeship Opportunities

We have two openings for a creative Gerber pattern cutter and a production assistant / merchandiser tap here to find out more and who to apply to. And New Look is still recruiting for two trainee quality admin assistants tap here to find out more.

FC Designer Collective Update

Our shop, FC Designer Collective, located on Fonthill Road is now closed for a refit. Due to re-open at the end of April we will include a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ with the aim to encourage recycling, upcycling and home making. More on this soon.

Masterclasses Coming Soon…

Telestia Pattern Cutting Taster – Friday 13th March 

Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making for Beginners – 14 / 21 / 28 March

TR Pattern Cutting Taster – Saturday 14th March

Fabric Appreciation Taster – Wednesday 18th March

N17 Creative Callings: How to Realise Your Goals Personally & Professionally – Thursday

19th March

N17 Creative Callings: Meet the Buyer – Wednesday 8th April

The Power of Your Mindset with Eric Gilston – (Free) Thursday 16th April

N17 Creative Callings: Trend Analysis AW20/21 & SS21 – Thursday 23rd April

What Makes a Factory Leading Status in the Ethical Fast Forward Audit – Wednesday 29th April

TR Pattern Cutting Taster – Saturday 9th May 

Fabric Swatch of the Week

We love this fabulous printed navy cotton, brilliant for brightening a design up or for making a lining pop! Tap here to view this fabric.

This Week on FashionCapital…

How to achieve a perfect fit with the Telestia methodology.

Review of the N17 Creative Callings employer session 2 – a three-hour workshop on ‘Budgets, Forecast and Cashflow’ led by Nigel Rust.

Meet Graham Parker, a freelance sub editor/content editor with more than 20 years’ experience currently on the N17 Creative Callings programme.

And Finally…

Coming soon…we will be adding a new Saturday tailoring course to our agenda, perfect for those in full-time employment or education that want to gain new skills in tailoring. More on this soon.

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