Make it British has named Patrick Grant, creative director of Savile Row’s Norton & Son and E.Tautz and star of BBC2’s Great British Sewing Bee, as the keynote speaker for its Meet the Manufacturer conference.
Patrick Grant will open the conference, addressing the issue of the return of the manufacturing of clothing and textiles to the UK.
“Producing locally makes good business sense. We need buyers and manufacturers, with a passion for clothing, craftsmanship and British brands, to work better to grow the industry and ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ is the ideal platform to do that,” he said.
He will be joined by an inspiring line-up of leading manufacturers, fashion brands and industry experts, including Jermyn Street shirt maker, Emma Willis MBE and David Suddens, chairman of Dr Martens.
They will provide advice and real-life experiences of building British businesses, developing the skills for future generations and how to successfully manufacture in the UK.
Broadcaster and award-winning journalist, Lucy Siegle, will chair the proceedings, including a panel discussion with Lorna Fitzsimons of the Alliance Project; Simon Colbeck, head of innovation and quality at Marks and Spencer and Mick Cheema, of Basic Premier. Some heated debates are expected as they discuss the challenges of creating British-made products for a mass market.
Organised by Kate Hills, founder of Make it British, the Meet the Manufacturer conference and trade show will take place on June 3-4 at Tobacco Dock, London.
One and two-day conference tickets can be purchased at www.meetthemanufacturer.co.uk with day one targeted at bigger brands and retailers aiming to re-shore back to the UK and day two focused on inspiring smaller companies looking to launch and build Great British brands and work with UK factories.