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Fashion Academy Gets £150k Boost


Newsletter 24th February 2021

Fashion Academy Gets £150k Boost from Etailer

Exciting times at Fashion-Enter we have so much to tell you about! Leicester’s manufacturing hub has been positioned under a negative media spotlight of late, undermining the many compliant and well-established manufacturers in the area. Following on from last month’s announcement regarding the opening of the FC Fashion Technology Academy (Leicester) by accredited training provider Fashion-Enter Ltd, we have additionally secured investment of £150,000 from the popular fashion etailer ‘I Saw It First.’

Jenny Holloway said: “During this Covid period, etailers have experienced buoyant sales and have therefore seen the benefits of making in the UK; one such company is I Saw It First, which already has strong links to Leicester.” 

Leanne Holmes, Buying and Brand Director at I Saw It First added: “We wholeheartedly support the garment industry in Leicester. We want to help train the next generation of skilled garment machinists so that the UK industry can thrive, providing much-needed jobs, especially for young people who have been hit so hard by the damaging effects of Covid on the UK jobs market.” 

With this investment the aim is to provide vital support for existing manufacturers in compliance and policies alongside training the next generation of skilled garment machinists and technicians.

Apprenticeship Jobs Available in Wales

We currently have several apprenticeship positions available at our Factory in Newtown, Wales. We are looking to recruit five immediate Level 2 Sewing Machinist apprentices with more positions to become available throughout the year including Level 3 Fashion Studio Assistant and Level 4 Product Technologist. To view the positions and apply tap here.

Open Day Trial For Machinists Wales

On Wednesday 10th March we are running an Open Day trial for new machinists at our Welsh factory situated in the Pryce Jones building in Newtown. The Open Day will commence from 10am onwards, if you are an experienced machinist and would like to attend please email caroline@fashion-enter.com to confirm your attendance.

Online Masterclasses

This morning our resident Life and Business Coach Eric Gilston has been providing insight into gaining a positive mindset, something we all need a boost with in these uncertain times. As always Eric delivered an interactive and easy to digest session offering simple strategies and techniques that could be implemented straightaway. A key message was to believe in yourself! If you believe it, you will be it. It sounds simple, but with Eric’s expert advice everyone ended the session on a high truly believing they could achieve their goals. Thank you Eric!

Next up we have Rosie Davis-Smith will be sharing her knowledge on PR and gaining press coverage for your brand. We also have a new masterclass scheduled for the 18th March titled ‘Business After Covid’ – how we can support your growth, plus new courses in Vetigraph due to go live soon. Tap here for all of our up and coming masterclasses and courses.

N17 Creative Callings Opens Up

We have been working with the N17 Creative Callings initiative to provide free, essential business advice and support for creative businesses based in and around the Tottenham area. So far the team has seen some amazing results from Lauren Morrison developing two fashion related businesses to content editor Graham Parker developing his skillset completing a digital animation course.

Now we are pleased to announce that the initiative has opened up to include more postcodes. If you are a creative based in Haringey London then you could be eligible, please get in touch via email: hello@n17creativecallings.com or call: 0208 809 3311.

Guest Speakers at Drapers Sustainable Fashion Conference

Sustainability is no longer a nice sideline but a mainstream and fundamental foundation from which forward-thinking fashion brands and retailers will be able to attract investment – and customers, who now demand more ethical and environmentally friendly product.

From 10-11 March 2021, the award-winning Drapers Sustainable Fashion conference will explore the latest developments in cleaning up fashion’s supply chain, and look at how we can build the industry back better after the coronavirus pandemic. The conference will be held virtually for the first time. Jenny Holloway CEO of Fashion-Enter Ltd, has been invited to speak at this event alongside other leading industry professionals. To find out more about this event tap here.

Masterclasses & Courses

How To Do Your Own PR with Rosie Davies-Smith (online)

Zoom Session for Students Writing Dissertations on UK Manufacturing (free – online)

Gerber AccuMark 3-day Course for Beginners

Sustainable Fabric Sourcing with Mark Dodds (online)

Fabric Swatch of the Week

We love our new range of sports and gymwear Lycra which is 70% recycled and manufactured in Italy! Last week we featured the fabric in turquoise…this week it’s deep pink! Available from the FCFabricStudio now at £9.00 per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

We review some of the online action at this season’s London Fashion Week which drew to a close yesterday: London Fashion Week For An On-Demand Yet Considered Generation.

And Finally…

As it’s currently Fairtrade Fortnight (22nd February to 7th March) we can all take inspiration from the ethics and practices of the Fairtrade initiative tap here to find out how you can get involved.

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