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Newsletter 25th September 2019

Dear all,

N17 Creative Callings

We are pleased to announce that Fashion-Enter ltd has been awarded a Greater London Authority (GLA) and ESF grant to provide a number of support and development interventions to effectively encourage Creative Industry – SMEs/Micro-SMEs in the Tottenham CEZ area. The grant will utilise Fashion-Enter’s established support and mentoring skills with the ‘N17 Creative Callings’ project. Aimed to support creative SMEs and micro-SMEs within the local area, the project will provide a number of training interventions which are aimed to develop identified skills gaps for business owners and their teams. 

N17 Creative Callings will play a crucial part in providing support and growth for the increasing number of local Creative SME / Micro-SME businesses in the Tottenham CEZ area. If you are starting or running a small business in the area then please get in touch and we will advise on how we can help you and your business. Contact Esme: esme@fashion-enter.com

Working With Smart Works

Yesterday (24th September) we welcomed Victoria Mullin and Jenna Chick from Smart Works to the Factory at Fashion-Enter ltd HQ. Smart Works is a UK charity that provides a dressing and coaching service for unemployed women with confirmed job interviews. The charity encourages client confidence so that each individual can feel and look her best at a crucial moment in her life, giving her self-belief and the practical tools required to succeed at interview and transform her life.

Women are referred to Smart Works from organisations such as job centres, work programmes, prisons, care homes, homeless shelters and mental health charities.

Fashion Enter CEO Jenny Holloway said: “We worked with ‘Dress for Success’ years ago which was the forerunner of Smart Works so it’s great to be working with Victoria and Jenna. The aim of giving people self-confidence for interviews and employment exactly aligns with the ethos of Fashion-Enter.  It’s such a positive initiative and we are pleased to be involved again.” More on this initiative soon. https://smartworks.org.uk/

Fashion Studio Apprenticeship Launch with David Beckham

Image courtesy of the BFC

Yesterday the British Fashion Council (BFC) launched the Fashion Studio Apprenticeship during a visit at Prendergast Vale School in Lewisham with BFC Chief Executive Caroline Rush, BFC Ambassadorial President David Beckham and BFC Ambassador for Positive Fashion Adwoa Aboah.

The Level 3 apprenticeship (equivalent to an A-Level) was developed by a group of fashion businesses with the British Fashion Council providing the secretariat and UK Fashion & Textile association (UKFT) as the external quality assurance provider (EQAP).

Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT, said: “Apprenticeships offer a great way to get into the UK fashion industry and we are delighted that David Beckham is here to help promote the vast opportunities that exist for creative young talent in non-design roles in our sector. There are now 13 new apprenticeships available in England for fashion and textiles, with more on the way, and a variety of vocational routes through the National Occupational Standards and Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

Fashion-Enter ltd is the key training provider for this qualification, which will ensure a strong pipeline of talent entering the UK fashion industry. Current Fashion Studio Assistant Apprenticeships are underway with Roksanda, London Intimate Apparel, SistaGlam and Half Penny London.

 To view all of our apprenticeship pathways click here. 

Apprenticeships Currently Available

Just in: The Erdem Production team are offering an apprenticeship opportunity for an enthusiastic team member (18 – 22 years old) who would like to gain experience as a Production Assistant of a high end womenswear brand. Meanwhile Lara Intimates is looking for 4 Production Assistants for a hands-on production role based in their factory in East London.

Tailoring Academy Opening Soon – Tailoring Tutor Required

The all-new and shiny Tailoring Academy is coming on well with all the electrics going in as we speak. We are now recruiting for a tailor that can pass on their valuable knowledge to the next generation of UK tailoring talent. If you have tailoring skills and experience we would like to hear from you. Please send your CV to Andres: andres@fashion-enter.com

Time to Reassess the Retail Model

Debenhams to close a further 22 stores, a drop of 0.2% in sales in August and web sales fell to 19.7%, everyone knows that retail is struggling against a backdrop of uncertainty. That’s why we are hosting a seminar 17th October at our factory ‘Change or Die’ with Lean Director at Burberry James Stewart and leading strategists from Kaizen. The old system of buying stock in advance and pushing it on to the consumer no longer works. James, along with leading international speakers will discuss the importance of the Toyota business model or ‘Lean’ practices to ensure continued success for retailers. This is a Level 5 accredited seminar that retail businesses today cannot afford to miss!

Contact Stephanie@fashion-enter.com for more details. Please note places are limited.

Fashion-Enter Featured on BBC Newsbeat

London Fashion Week recently put the UK’s fashion industry under the spotlight and with it came concerns over Brexit and what impact leaving the European Union will have on the industry. BBC Newsbeat reporter Megan Lawton spoke to Fashion-Enter ltd CEO Jenny Holloway, amongst others, to get their views on the dreaded ‘B-word’ and how they see the future of the industry beyond October 31st.

Click here to read the full article ‘London Fashion Week: Is UK fashion suffering from Brexiety’

Jenny Holloway Confirmed to Speak at Pure London

Jenny has been invited by the leading industry trade show Pure London to speak at their next event. Taking place at London Olympia from the 9th – 11th February Jenny will discuss:

– Short lead times, small quantities, selling out at full price – rehabilitating fast fashion within your business strategy.

– How to work with UK factories to create ethical products that sell out

– How to avoid common pitfalls to create a longstanding relationship with your ideal factory.

– How to make a choice that works for your order numbers, ethos and budget

Pure London

Do You Employ Migrant Workers?

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has launched a new consultation looking at salary thresholds and the Australian Points system regarding immigration. They are now seeking feedback from industry. Specifically, the MAC has been asked to consider how points could be awarded to prospective migrants for different attributes, and to assess how salary thresholds could work within the context of this system. As part of the evidence gathering process, there is a current a call for evidence. This will be in the format of an online form and looks to gather evidence which will be most useful for the MAC to feed into the commission.

The deadline for submission is the 5th November 2019 to find out more click here.

A Weekend of Learning

Last Saturday Fashion-Enter HQ was buzzing with learning activity from the third and final day of the Gerber AccuMark digital pattern making course for beginners, the very first Saturday Pattern & Stitch class and the intensive Fashion Brand Bootcamp masterclass. Commenting on Fashion Brand Bootcamp attendee Chloe said: “I gained a better idea of the steps I need to take to get things properly started. It was very open and honest.” Both the Gerber course and Fashion Brand Bootcamp received 100% positive feedback.

The next Gerber course will be the Advanced 2-Day course taking place on the 12th & 19th October click here for more information.

Masterclasses Next on the Agenda

Tomorrow How to Realise Your Goals with Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston Free Masterclass

Life and Business coach Eric Gilston has committed to an on-going programme with us, his masterclasses are free and including: How to Realise Your Goals’ Professionally and Personally on the 26th September 11am – 1pm. Learn the keys to effective goal setting and achieving those goals, the best techniques to set goals, see the benefits from taking action based on great goals and how to have a productive day today and every day.

TR Pattern Cutting for Beginners – 28th September

Our popular TR Pattern Cutting taster masterclass with the ‘Queen of seams’ Claudette Joseph is back with another instalment on Saturday 28th September at the Fashion Technology Academy. The three-hour session introduces learners to the TR pattern cutting technique, a form of origami pattern cutting which translates into immediate and intuitive 3D creations, in opposition to the more conventional way of drafting. For more details and to book click here.

Former learner Chionma said: “It just blew my mind when I did the TR Pattern Cutting course, it was like – wow, like a bolt goes off in your head.”

Legal Eagle With Nick Gould

On Tuesday 8th October 2019 Nick Gould, ‘the common-sense lawyer with mismatched shoes!’ will be back to host another of his highly informative Legal Eagle Masterclass aimed at new business start-ups.

For all things legal from IP rights, patents, copyright, database rights, UK product design, community designs and trademarks – this is a masterclass not to miss. Click here to find out more and book.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Let this bold check do the talking in 100% silk, available at the FCFabricStudio now at £8 per metre. Perfect for a scarf, top or dress.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Former Stitching and Patterns student Omar Mansoor presents his SS20 designs during London Fashion Week. Jenny Holloway comments: “Omar always went above and beyond expectations in the stitching and patterns classes. An eye for detail and always positive with a can-do attitude.  We are so proud of all your achievements Omar and you so deserve your success.”

Fashion Studio client Fifty One Apparel reveal their unique brand idea to BBC Business Live.

And we list 4 key style staples that retailers need to include in their stock ranges over the coming autumn months.

And Finally…

Register now to save your seat and get ready to network with some of the biggest names in the industry, including executives from Shop Direct, Marks & Spencer, Alvanon, Fashion Enter, EFI Optitex and Leicester City Council.

Learn actionable tips from top UK industry leaders who have adopted 3D technology and discover the ‘How’s’ and the ‘Why’s’. F Discover new ways to improve your business efficiency and profitability whilst enhancing sustainable future best practices.

The half-day event will take place on Tuesday, October 15th at 9.30am at Stamford Court University of Leicester, Manor Road, Oadby, LE2 2LH. Confirm your attendance by registering here.

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