Mary Portas will speak at next month’s Meet the Manufacturer UK sourcing event for the fashion and textile manufacturing industry.
The two-day conference is being organised by Make it British founder Kate Hills and will bring together brands, retailers and manufacturers. The event is aimed at brands looking to reshore back to the UK – as well as smaller companies looking to build Great British brands.
Other industry experts from ASOS, Fashion Enter, Reshore UK and MAS and Creative Skillset will join the speakers line-up.
Kate Hills, founder of Make it British, the campaign for the return of UK manufacturing, said: “We are poised at the start of a new industrial revolution in textile and clothing manufacturing, but this will only happen if retailers, buyers, brands and manufacturers get together to make it happen.
“Concern over complex supply chains and the use of unethical sweatshops, as well as rising costs overseas and quality issues has fuelled an 850% increase in demand from clothing retailers and fashion brands looking to source locally in the UK. Yet, after years of outsourcing overseas, the industry is disconnected, and more than 60% of manufacturers aren’t yet seeing the impact in terms of this demand. Meet the Manufacturer aims to change this, introduce brands to manufacturers and share knowledge and advice, so that UK fashion and textile manufacturing does indeed return.”
The event will take place from June 11-12 at The Old Truman Brewery in London’s East End.