Make it British, an organisation which promotes British craftsmanship and local manufacturing, will host its first educational forum at De Montfort University this November.

The one-day conference, to be held in association with the UK Fashion and Textile Association, will launch on October 26 as part of the Leicester Business Festival.

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The Make it British Forum will provide designers and business owners with the knowledge and tools required to successfully develop a Made in Britain brand.

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The event follows the success of the Meet the Manufacturer conference and trade show, hosted by Make in British in London earlier this year.

Kate Hills, founder and CEO of Make it British, explained the reason for launching the Forum: “We know from the success of our Meet the Manufacturer event that there is a huge appetite from the fashion and textile sector to find out more about manufacturing in the UK.

“This one-day event will provide answers to many of the questions around product development and promotion that we are frequently asked by businesses wishing to grow brands with a ‘Made in Britain’ label. We are delighted to be hosting the conference as part of The Leicester Business Festival in a region of the country traditionally known for textile manufacturing, and to have the opportunity to be the first public event to be held in the new art and design faculty at De Montfort University is amazing.”

Barbara Matthews, pro vice-chancellor and dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities at DMU commented: “DMU has a proud history of textile design and innovation since its inception as the Leicester School of Art since 1870 and our renowned School of Design works closely with the British textile designers and manufacturers today.

“We are proud to be hosting Make it British, a celebration of the best of British design and manufacturing within the fashion and textile industry.

“It is most appropriate that this will be the very first public event in our new home, the spectacular centrepiece to the £136m campus transformation project in the centre of Leicester, which itself has such a strong heritage in British design and manufacturing.”

The Make it British Forum will offer a step-by-step guide on how to build a Great British brand, covering all aspects of design, branding, manufacturing and marketing. Designers, buyers, fashion students and UK manufacturers will have the opportunity to forge links with one another and fill the gap on ‘how to source in the UK’.

To register and for regular information on the Make it British Forum on 26 October, visit