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Putting the UK Back on the Fashion Map!


Newsletter 3rd April 2024

A New Chapter for Leicester

Since launching our Fashion Technology Academy in Leicester in 2021 we’ve had our fair share of highs and lows. Leicester is home to the UK’s largest fashion and textile manufacturing hub and we all know how difficult the last two years has been. However, we are on the cusp of change and we are delighted to announce that we are moving to larger premises and will be expanding our services too.

Alongside tuition in technical skills in patterns and stitching the new location will offer sampling and short run production, repairs with our partner – United Repair Centre and repurposing with Recomme.

Over the last four weeks there’s been a steep rise in enquiries for making in the UK! At last! Now we’re going to harness all that talent in Leicester and create a sector to be proud of.

If you’re interested in working for Fashion-Enter Ltd in Leicester as a tutor, manager, administrator, or if you’re looking for a career change to the social sector please drop an email to: divya@fashion-enter.com and let’s start talking! 

New Apprenticeships for the Fashion and Textiles Sector

FEL was the first in the country to offer technical fashion apprenticeships in 2010 with CONEL. Since then we have excelled in bringing the latest technologies into our fashion apprenticeships. Fashion training providers have to lead with the latest cutting edge technologies and that’s why we excel at delivery and obtained a ‘Good’ rating with Ofsted.

FEL Founder Jenny Holloway comments: “A huge thank-you to the delivery team – we’re looking forward to a big year in apprenticeships now working with blue chip companies such as Next and Mountain Warehouse.” 

FEL’s Head of Education Lan Leeder adds: “I’m thrilled to announce that the FTA now offers a range of apprenticeships in the fashion and textiles sector. With the trend of re-shoring production back to the UK, these courses present a particularly valuable investment, given the shortage of industry-trained individuals in this field. The apprenticeship courses comprise formal learning on-site at the Fashion Technology Academy and work-based learning with the employer.”

FEL and the FTA can now offer the following apprenticeships:

·Level 2 Fashion and Textiles Pattern Cutter

·Level 2 Sewing Machinist

·Level 2 Material Cutter

·Level 3 Garment Maker

·Level 3 Diploma Fashion Assistant

·Level 4 Fashion and Textiles Product Technologist

·Level 5 Diploma in Bespoke Tailoring

For further information on these apprenticeships, please visit our website: https://fcfta.com/apprenticeships/ or email us at educucation@fashion-enter.com

Tomorrow at 4pm: Free Masterclass on Fashion Forecasting 

Struggling with overstock in your fashion business? Sick of stockouts and seasonal variations?  

Inventory Planner by Sage have launched a new masterclass that’s perfect for you. 

We’re thrilled to reveal that our founder, Jenny Holloway will also be joining the upcoming panel. Jenny will be sharing advice on how to master fashion trend forecasting so you can put an end to stockouts, excess stock and tricky cash flow issues for good.  

Other top fashion insiders that’ll be joining the panel, includes Olly White from Goose & Gander, Danielle Malconian from Vikki Vi and Chloe Thomas from Ecommerce Masterplan.

Sign up and you’ll learn:  

👚 How to forecast demand with accuracy and confidence  

🧢 Ways to optimise your purchasing to stop overstock and boost growth 

🩳 Tips for analysing seasonal trends 

Thursday 4th April 4pm – Tickets are completely FREE but you need to register 👉 

An Invitation to 10 Downing Street

We are delighted to confirm that Fashion-Enter Ltd has been invited to 10 Downing Street to wave the flag for Made in the UK on 17th April.

We have always supported all manufacturers in the UK. Proximity sourcing is the only real way we are ever going to stop excessive carbon emissions. We don’t need to fly fabric, trims and components around the world to make clothes!  Making locally provides so many advantages and gives speed to market for brands.

Thank-you to 10 Downing Street and the Board of Trade for this special invitation.

Learn to Stitch and Make with our Evening and Weekend Classes

In response to several requests for evening and weekend classes the teaching team have added a variety of short courses and workshops in stitching, pattern cutting, repairs, upcycling and digital design. 

Take your pick from affordable 1 – 4 day courses, evening and weekend sessions. Learn from our friendly and knowledgeable team whether you are a beginner or more experienced. 

Tap here to view all short courses

Courses and Workshops Coming Up…


15th April 3-Day Style3D Course for Beginners – £199 – Haringey campus

Repair and Upcycling:

15 April: Free Repair and Upcycling Drop In – FC Designer Collective shop


8th April 5pm – 8pm Introduction to Sewing – £35 – FC Designer Workspace

10th April 5pm – 8pm Introduction to Sewing– £35 – FC Designer Workspace

Pattern Cutting:

20th April Saturday Pattern Cutting Class (Made to measure trousers) – £35 – FC Designer Workspace

This Week on FashionCapital…

Find out more about our spring courses, what previous attendees have said, and links for April and May dates.

And Finally…

Celebrating Robert – A Birthday message for Robert FEL’s Charge Hand for 12-years…

Until next time, have a great week.

From the Team at FashionCapital 

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