The British Fashion Council (BFC) and Make it British are working together to co-host a debate and networking party at the Meet the Manufacturer event this month.

The partners will to bring together key designers and manufacturers to discuss positive fashion and sustainability in the British fashion industry.

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Caroline Rush, CEO of the BFC explained: “Many of our British designers are already manufacturing product here in the UK, however, we are frequently asked to make introductions and provide more information on the right production partners.

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“We hope that partnering with Make it British to host a debate at the Meet the Manufacturer event will encourage a better network and opportunities for designers and British manufacturers to work together – which is a key target of our Positive Fashion initiative led by Marks & Spencer.”

Kate Hills, CEO and founder of Make it British, added: “We’re delighted to be collaborating with the BFC to promote positive fashion and sustainability. We have a wealth of high-end manufacturers in the UK who provide a valuable service to British designers who rely on the skills, flexibility and location of these suppliers when developing their collections for London Fashion Week.”

Meet the Manufacturer is a two-day conference and trade show programme, organised by Make it British, an organisation that campaigns to help reinstate Britain as the world centre for fashion and textiles production.

Taking place on May 25-26 at The Old Truman Brewery, London, the show will offer:

A two-day conference with talks from an inspiring line-up of industry leaders; a series of motivational workshops to offer practical insight into manufacturing in the UK
An opportunity for innovative UK manufacturers and British-made brands to take to the stage and pitch their idea to a panel of experts for the chance to win either a stand at Meet the Manufacturer 2017 or £1,000 to spend on producing their British-made brand.
An inspirational trade show with over 100 exhibitors who specialise in clothing, textiles and leathergoods.