Make it British, an organisation which promotes British craftsmanship and local manufacturing, is planning to take its educational forums nationwide after hosting a sell-out event in Leicester last week.
The one-day conference also attracted an online audience as it was streamed live from De Montfort University as part of the Leicester Business Festival.
Hailed a success – it paves the way for more regional forums across the UK in 2017, alongside the annual Meet the Manufacturer event in London in May.
Kate Hills, founder and CEO of Make it British, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response that we’ve had. There’s obviously a hunger for this information and a desire for both large and small brands to make more in the UK.
“The big message for me that came out from the day was that partnerships between brands, universities and manufacturers are key in order to continue the growth of the UK textile sector. We see our forum as the ideal opportunity for these partnerships to begin to take shape and preparations are already underway to take the event to other parts of the British Isles very soon.”
The Make it British Forum provides designers and business owners with the knowledge and tools required to successfully develop a Made in Britain brand.
“We tackled fundamental issues, such as the likely impact of Brexit on the UK textile industry as well as how to attract more fashion graduates into manufacturing,” Hills continued.
“Over 250 delegates from start-up brands to big retailers attended the one day event, as well as students and lecturers from De Montfort University and other fashion courses around the country.”