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Celebrating the Queen’s 70 Years of Service 👑


Newsletter 1st June 2022

Happy Jubilee Bank Holiday!

This week the UK will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a 4-day bank holiday weekend. Her Majesty The Queen is the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service! At Fashion-Enter HQ in Haringey the team will kick start the celebrations with a BBQ this evening.

Here, Divya’s (from FCFTA Leicester) husband, Vijayendra Kamath, has captured Her Majesty beautifully in this commemorative oil painting. 

Below is an image of Her Majesty The Queen meeting fashion designers at a Diamond Jubilee event (2012) that Fashion-Enter organised in Bromley. Tap here to read about this special event. 

News from the Fashion-Enter Family


GLAA Certificate Presentation

Next week on the 8th June we welcome Elysia McCaffrey, Chief Executive Officer GLAA (Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority); Frank Hanson, Head of Prevention and Partnerships GLAA ; Paul Eeles CEO SEG and Kaye Jackson Head of Relationship Management SEG to deliver accredited Workers’ Rights and Labour Exploitation certificates. 

As part of the Community Renewal Fund, FCFTA Leicester have been working with local businesses and communities to deliver accredited Workers’ Rights and Labour Exploitation qualifications. This event is to celebrate the great achievement of the individuals and businesses and for the key partners SEG, GLAA and FCFTA to present the certificates to the learners. 

GLAA Head of Prevention and Partnerships Frank Hanson said: “These are some of the first workers to complete the qualification since it was launched following a successful pilot project last year. For many, this is the first qualification that they have gained in their lifetime which makes it all the more important.

“The Level 1 Award is so crucial in giving people the tools to improve their knowledge about workers’ rights and to build that community resilience to the threat of labour exploitation which is vital in cities such as Leicester.”

FAB-L Event

It was great to be a part of FAB-L family fun launch event on Sunday 29th May at the Highfields Centre. It really was wonderful day out with family and community engagement. FCFTA Leicester were invited to attend as we provide skills to individuals to work in garment manufacturing.

   2 Weeks Until – Leicester Meet & Greet 

This unique Meet & Greet event welcomes schools, colleges and Uni’s to experience and learn all about the garment making process as well as providing a showcase of Leicester’s textiles and manufacturing businesses to the industry at large.

To find out more and register tap here.

For more latest news from the FCFTA Leicester tap here.


Work With Us

We have two new job openings at Fashion-Enter’s HQ in Haringey for a Studio Manager and Creative Gerber Pattern Cutter. Tap here to view all the jobs and apprenticeships currently on offer.

Mental Health Support

The pandemic has highlighted elevated concerns over personal mental health over the last two years. At Fashion-Enter Ltd (FEL) the team understands the importance of mental health and the wellbeing of employees/students and currently has staff members qualified in Level 2 Counselling and Mental Health First Aid.

FEL Pattern Cutting tutor Lan (pictured on the left with her students) has just completed a 2-day Mental Health course with Mind and is now a Mental Health First Aider at Fashion-Enter. 

Lan said: “Being a Mental Health First Aider means I am able to help and offer support to a person developing a mental health issue, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health issue, or in a mental heath crisis until appropriate professional help is received. The course enables me to spot early signs of a mental health issue, how to offer and provide initial help, and guide a person towards appropriate professional and other sources of supportive help.” 

Featured on Insider London

For eight years, Insider London has been providing high-level programmes for prestigious universities, pioneering corporates, curious private groups and forward-thinking government officials world-wide and now Fashion-Enter’s popular Factory Uncovered tour has been added to it package programme.

Tap here to view Insider London’s introductory post to Fashion-Enter Ltd and what the company visit and factory tour can offer.


Free Business Masterclass

On the 23rd June we welcome Sally Leonard to the FC Designer Workspace for a free business masterclass.

Sally established her jewellery business, Leonard of London, in 2002, and was one of the first Fairtrade Gold licence holders in the world. She continues to design and produce high-end ethical bespoke pieces, alongside working as a business consultant for over 15-years, supporting and mentoring jewellery businesses of all ages, and as a member of various groups representing and supporting the local trade.

Sally specialises in working with small, creative-led businesses to help them identify and reach their business and professional goals, in a way that works for the people involved. In this Business Masterclass offered by Sally, as part of the Islington Business Recovery Fund, she will cover the core aspects that you need to consider when setting up on your own. 

Tap here to book your place.

Throughout June

The FC Designer Workspace will be taking part in the Stakeholders Open Day with Ingeus on 8th June to talk about the services and courses we have available. On 18th June we will be exhibiting at the Thane Works London Festival of Architecture where we will also be promoting the courses available with live sewing demonstrations! Plus we are offering free weekly sewing masterclasses at the FC Designer Collective shop on Fonthill Road – tap here for more info and to book.


Novel Yarn Project

As a continuation of the Novel Yarn project with SMARTCryum and Potter Group, Eddie Bebb, Commercial Manager at Fashion-Enter Wales attended the British Wool Depot open day where he also met Eifion and Amanda the owners of Melin Tregwynt (pictured with Eddie above). Tap here to read about the open day and follow up meeting.

Why Welsh Wool Matters

According to the National Wool Museum, in 1926 there were 217 mills spread across every Welsh County. Today, there are just five in operation and yet there is increased demand for traditional, crafted Welsh wool goods. We explore the history and why wool matters for a sustainable future. Tap here to read the full article.

Save the Date

Made in Wales – The Fashion Event. On Friday 8th July we will be showcasing the regions textile and fashion talent by combining Fashion-Enter’s manufacturing expertise with creatives from NPTC Group of Colleges – Newtown College and local independent designers.

Masterclasses and Courses

Ongoing Stitching, Patterns and Tailoring Courses

How to Grow Sales downloadable masterclasses with Carley Johnson

Free Sewing masterclasses in Islington (Throughout May & June)

Leicester – Manufacturing Meet & Greet event (16th June)

Free Business Masterclass with Sally Leonard (23rd June)

Gerber Accumark 3-day course for Beginners (6th July)

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Channelling all things royal we have picked out this royal blue scuba, perfect for a structured dress, available at the FCFabricStudio at ÂŁ4- per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital…

In response to declining town centre footfall and extortionate business rates Marks & Spencer has announced a company restructure

And Finally…

Mamello (ex-FTA pattern student) was recently invited to the SEG (Skills and Education Group) annual conference in Hinkley. She said: “I was part of a panel and they asked me about my experience and what it has meant to receive the SEG grant. I just wanted to say thank-you very much for all your support, with the patterns course and supporting my application.”

Until next time, enjoy the long weekend break.

The Team at FashionCapital.

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