Innovation meets heritage at UK manufacturing event

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Make it British is introducing a series of free seminars for 2017 to explore ‘partnerships, production and provenance’ in UK manufacturing at this year’s Meet the Manufacturer event.

Innovation will meet heritage at the London exhibition and conference as Simon Cotton of Johnstons of Elgin teams up with Hal Watts of Unmade to illustrate how a partnership between one of the UK’s most innovative manufacturers with one of the oldest is good for business.

Johnstons of Elgin is one of the oldest textile manufacturers in the UK and has been making fine woollen cloth, knitwear and accessories in Scotland since 1797.  In stark contrast, Unmade launched in 2013, using technology to bring mass customisation to the textile industry.

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Other speakers will include husband and wife team, Kate and Graham Holbrook from Turtle Doves, who will advise on ‘how to make a million with an old sewing machine and a design idea’.

Meanwhile, Deborah Maxwell from Nottingham-based law firm, Potter Clarkson, will cover the hot topic of ‘Intellectual property in the fashion and textile industry’.

Kate Hills, CEO and founder of Meet the Manufacturer commented: “One of the key reasons for coming to our event is to network, not only with manufacturers but also with your industry peers.  These free drop-in seminars will provide the perfect opportunity to explore all aspects of the industry with an inspiring line up of speakers who will be offering advice based on their real-life experiences.”

Meet the Manufacturer will take place at the Old Truman Brewery in London on May 24-25.

The programme includes a trade show that promises to be bigger and better than ever, with over 150 exhibitors.

New for 2017 is a dedicated brands hall, offering a selection of creative businesses the opportunity to showcase their unique products.

Windermere-based Unibu, which produces underwear for men and women using fabrics sourced entirely in the UK, will exhibit at the brands hall alongside other inspirational fashion labels.

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