Meet the Manufacturer, the sourcing event organised by Make it British, has doubled the size of its exhibition space for 2015, following increased demand from exhibitors from all over the UK.
The two-day trade show and conference, set to take place on June 3-4, will relocate to the historic Grade 1 listed Tobacco Dock, in London Docklands following the success of last year’s inaugural event, which saw queues around the block on the first day.
More than 100 British clothing manufacturers , textile mills, leather-goods makers and suppliers to the UK apparel and textile industry are set to showcase their work at the event.
Most of the businesses that attended last year already returning, but the show has attracted first-time exhibitors including William Clark from County Londonderry, one of the oldest textile companies in the world.
Kate Hills, founder and CEO of Make it British said: “Last year we were oversubscribed for both exhibitors and visitors. We were expecting around 650 visitors but over 3,000 turned up over the two days. This year we’re making sure that there’s double the opportunity for buyers and designers to find the best factories from all over the UK.”
Organised by Make it British – the website dedicated to UK manufacturing – ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ is the only major sourcing event specifically for British manufacturers of clothing, textiles and leather goods.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in the Meet the Manufacturer conference, which will run from 9am to 1pm on both days of the event.
Details of the leading industry speakers set to inform and inspire the audience on all aspects of manufacturing within the UK textile industry will be announced in the coming weeks. Last year, Mary ‘Queen of Shops’ Portas and industry experts from ASOS, Fashion Enter and Reshore UK joined the speakers line-up.