FEL’s 2022 Highlights!
Newsletter 21st December 2022
What a year 2022 has been! From celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in the summer to her passing away a few months later. This was the year that the UK saw three Prime Minister’s take the reins at what can only be described as a very turbulent time in the UK’s economic and political landscape. However, in amongst it all businesses like Fashion-Enter have been ploughing away to provide a range of services and education for the UK fashion and textiles sector.
Here we take a look at some of the highlights:
+ Fashion-Enter Ltd partnered with Kornit Digital to create the FashTech Innovation Centre. This Made in the UK micro-factory concept was showcased during Kornit Fashion Week and has inspired UK brands and students to re-think sustainability and the fashion production process.
+ In Leicester 190 learners were supported by the FCFTA and 44 business were engaged with as part of the Community Renewal Fund programme. In June we successfully held a Leicester Meet and Greet, showcasing the wide range of Leicester’s innovative textiles and manufacturing businesses, along with launching Leicester Made website.
+ Over in Wales FEL worked in collaboration with landlords The Potter Group to present a feasibility study to Smart Cymru Wales. The objective was to research the creation of a Novelle yarn from a closed loop recycling system that combines traditional Welsh wool with modern sustainable recycled fibres to create both local sustainability and circular economy benefits through the entire supply chain. The project was taken one step beyond the feasibility stage as the team were able to produce a physical swatch made from wool blended with SNR (synthetic Nylon Rummage).
+ FEL Wales presented the regions fashion and textile talent by combining Fashion-Enter’s manufacturing expertise with creative input from the students at NPTC Group of Colleges – Newtown College at The Fashion Event.
+ New accounts at FEL’s factories in Wales and London included: Lime Tree Designs, Very, Turtle Doves (Not Just Gloves), Kick Ass Softwear, Jaeger (M&S) NHS and more.
+ FEL provided a Technical Residency for YOOX NET-A-PORTER’s Modern Artisans. 8 selected graduates had a crash course on product development process with advice and support on pattern cutting, fit and quality construction.
+ The affordable workspace and learning facility the FC Designer Workspace achieved £106,000 social value in September alone!
+ The FC Designer Workspace provided free monthly Upcycling classes while the FC Designer Collective offered free stitching tuition to local residents.+ FEL received its highest number of learners on its accredited Stitching and Pattern Making courses held at its various campuses.
+ All the campuses have actively worked with charitable causes such as the local Food Bank and Crisis to support homeless individuals.
+ This year the team warmly welcomed new staff: Jackie, Rishita, Rachel, Sayide, Sonia, Agnes, Divya, Zarina, Angela and Morgan, and our Merchandiser, Anna Maria, gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
And finally, FashionCapital.co.uk celebrated its 20th Birthday. The informative portal was set up in July 2002, making it officially a grandparent of the World Wide Web!
We know it’s tough out there but in amongst it all there are some gems of positivity! Christmas is a time of year for thanks and gratitude. We want to take this time to express our gratitude to all our staff, clients, learning providers and all those that we have collaborated with. We look forward to further supporting the Made in the UK fashion and textiles industry in 2023. Until then, may this holiday season bring joy and peace to you and your family.
The Team at FashionCapital.
Please note our Christmas and New Year closing dates are from Friday 23rd December to Tuesday 3rd January 2023.