Make it British has announced the speaker line-up for its first Make it British Forum, which will take place during the Leicester Business Festival next month.
The speakers will gather at De Montfort University to provide essential advice on how to build a Made in Britain brand.
Speakers will include:
- Justine Tabak, previously creative director at Boden and who recently launched her own eponymous womenswear brand ‘Justine Tabak’, manufactured entirely in the UK, will be sharing the trials and tribulations of developing a brand
- Simon Platts, sourcing director at ASOS, will explore what to look for in a factory partner and how to avoid the most common production pitfalls
- Jess McGuire-Dudley, of John Smedley, will be offering advice on how to promote a British-made brand
- Designer, Karen Tickle of Ticklish Kids and also a freelance knitwear designer for Skinwear, a Leicestershire-based knitwear manufacturer, will look at the role that design plays in working with a UK factory
- Saf Ismail of Elite Labels will join a panel discussion, giving a manufacturers’ perspective on product development
Kate Hills, found and CEO of Make it British, commented: “We’re delighted to have such a high-profile line up of speakers for our debut forum in Leicester. This one-day event will provide you with all you need to know to develop a made in Britain brand, from design, product development and manufacturing to funding, promotion and selling the product.
“The sessions will be interactive with plenty of time for delegates to pick the brains of the experts. And with such a diverse mix of opinions across a broad range of product areas, from menswear, womenswear and childrenswear to knitwear and leathergoods – we’re expecting some lively debates!”
The Make it British Forum will be held on October 26 in association with the UK Fashion and Textile Association.