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Creating Social Good


Newsletter 19th October 2022

The Importance of TOMs Today! 

Fashion-Enter Ltd is delighted to confirm that they have had an excellent month of creating genuine outcomes and measures that create social good for the borough of Islington. TOMs is the national ‘Themes, Outcomes and Measures’ that guide social enterprises and relates to a framework that was set up in 2019.

FEL’s CEO Jenny Holloway commented: “Huge well done to the team at FEL that works as one to create real social outcomes for Islington. We are delighted that we have created social good that has a value of £106, 640.40 for the month of September 2022. 

“When I first started FEL in 2006 I had no idea how you could measure social outcomes but it’s such a great feeling that we have genuinely helped people in all kinds of sectors and this can be measured to a value. I have never been motivated by money but knowing how much we have supported people and made a difference in their lives makes all the hard work so meaningful. Thank-you to Islington Council for having that support in us. I am mindful of the words of Lord Kelvin…‘When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it.’”   

Learn How to Make a Garment in Just 4 Days!

From next Monday 24th October we will be running the popular 4-day Sewing Course at the FC Designer Workspace in Islington. This short, intensive course provides an introduction into industrial sewing, how to use an industrial machine from threading to making a full garment. 

To find out more and book your place tap here.

The FTA at SkillsCYMRU

FEL’s Deputy CEO Jackie Bertram is currently at SkillsCYMRU in Cardiff. This Skills event is the largest careers and apprenticeships event in the region. The FTA is part of the UKFT stand, along with Gower College, and is showcasing technology in manufacturing today with Gerber and Optitex interactive sessions.

SkillsCYMRU is on at Motorpoint Arena on 19th and 20th October.

Save the Date: 16th November

Join us this Global Entrepreneurship Week 2022 at the ‘N17 Entrepreneurial Callings: How I Did It‘ event for inspiration, insights and activities focused on the fashion and creative industries in Haringey’s creative enterprise zone.

Jenny Holloway CEO of Fashion-Enter and Toby Fernandes of Collage Arts will be showcasing how this FREE program can support artists, designers, crafts-makers and creatives living and working in Tottenham.

Wednesday 16th November 4pm at Blighty café-coworking space, Tottenham High Road, London N15. 

Tap here to book your free place.

Eric Shares His Tips for Motivation

Yesterday, 18th October, Life and Business Coach Eric Gilston hosted a 2-hour workshop on how to be more motivated and positive. The session at the FC Designer Workspace was interactive and fun and the advice Eric shared is useful both personally and professionally.

Feedback included: “I truly enjoyed this workshop and felt like everyone needed this time to listen and learn positive strategies to help us all become better humans! I am also inspired to become a coach and help others.”

“I am grateful for this seminar, it’s a reminder to take control of my life – it’s up to me to take success into my own hands.”

Students From the USA Tour the Factory

Meanwhile at our HQ in Haringey, Production Director Caroline Ash welcomed a group of international students, all the way from the USA, for a factory tour and seminar.

Caroline commented: “We had a fantastic seminar today with Mines University from Colorado, USA.They were Engineering students, so we slanted the seminar more towards Machinery, Lean production, Ethical standards, Standard Minute Value and the technical advancements in the fashion industry. They loved the factory tour and processes involved in garment production and they were surprised by the efficiency and speed of our machinists.”

Tap here if you are interested in a factory tour.

LEYF at the Factory

Children across all of London Early Years Foundation’s (LEYF) 39 charitable social enterprise nurseries are now sporting sustainably produced aprons which will be worn when cooking with chefs and during the serving of meals. These aprons have been produced and sustainably printed at Fashion-Enter Ltd and today, 19th October, we had a photographer visit our HQ to capture the process for an accompanying article and video on social enterprises and sustainability. 

FTA’s Commitment to Learning

Masterclasses and Courses

Ongoing Stitching, Patterns and Tailoring 

Islington 4 Day Sewing Course – 24th – 27th October

Optitex Technology 2D & 3D – 9th – 11th November

Gerber Accumark for Beginners – 16th – 18th November

Entrepreneurial Callings – How I Did It – (free) 16th November

Sourcing and Supply Base Strategy via Zoom – 23rd November

Print on Demand Service

Exciting developments are taking place with our FC Fabric Studio website. Alongside our discounted deadstock fabrics we will also offer a new print on demand service for t-shirts. More on this soon.

This Week on FashionCapital…

The Demand for Sustainable Goods and Services is on the Increase

And Finally…

To all creatives out there we are thinking of you. We know it’s a really difficult trading environment at the moment however this storm will pass and we aim to support you where ever we can!  

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at FashionCapital

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