VIP Tickets for Textile trade show Meet the Manufacturer

The Old Truman Brewery, London | 23rd & 24th May 2018

The Leading Event for Businesses Making in the UK

Discover the best British brands and manufacturers specialising in clothing, textiles and homeware at this unique trade show. 

With free seminars and workshops helping you to get the most out of making in the UK, and over 200 exhibitors, it's the go-to event to guarantee your products are 100% British-made

Why should you attend Meet the Manufacturer?

If your business wants to take advantage of the benefits of selling quality British-made products then you need to be at this show. With over 200 exhibitors under one roof it's the perfect place to find suppliers of British-made product.

Anyone who's anyone within the UK textile and homewares industry will be at The Old Truman Brewery in London's vibrant East End on the 24th and 25th May 2017.  

Is buying from UK suppliers part of your sourcing strategy ? 

Do you want to discover some of the best British-made brands to stock in your stores? 

Are you ready to learn more about how other companies are successfully making and selling British-made products?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then you need to be at this event. 

Not only does Meet the Manufacturer offer a fantastic opportunity to find all of the greatest UK manufacturers and brands all in one place, but it is also one of the best events to network with others who make in the UK. 

Plus, there are two days of informative seminars and workshops that you’ll love… 

Learn tips and tricks for making in the UK from leading industry speakers - discover what makes a perfect manufacturing partner, why provenance is important both at home and abroad, and how UK production is some of the most innovative in the world. 

There are also live workshops for you to attend demonstrating everything from screen printing, leathergoods making, machine knitting, hand-linking and garment embellishment!  

So as well as finding the perfect manufacturing partner and British-made products you’ll walk away feeling knowledgable and inspired.

Who exhibits at this trade show?

Whether you are looking to make your own product in the UK or find British-made brands to stock in your store, you can find the perfect suppliers amongst the 200 exhibitors at this event. With suppliers who make garments, leathergoods and homewares, as well as those that provide services to the industry, if you want to sell products made in Britain you can get it all sewn up at Meet the Manufacturer 2017.

textiles trade show meet the manufacturer

Manufacturers Hall

Find all the suppliers that you need to make a 100% British product.

  • Garment manufacturers
  • Fabric mills
  • Leathergoods makers
  • Pattern cutters
  • Sample makers
  • Fabric printers, dyers & finishers
  • Component suppliers

British brands hall

Make it British Brands Hall

New for 2017 is an area dedicated to bringing you the best ready-made British brands.

  • Womenswear
  • Menswear
  • Childrenswear
  • Lingerie
  • Homeware
  • Gifts
  • Accessories

Over 5,000 industry buyers, designers, sourcing directors and business owners visited Meet the Manufacturer in 2016, if you want to make and sell British-made products, can you afford to miss it?

Mark your calendar for 24th & 25th May right now!


Claim your FREE pass to gain access to the trade show and all of the seminars and workshops

Who comes to Meet the Manufacturer?

What sort of fashion, homeware and gift industry professionals come to this event? All sorts!

But you'll get the most from this event if you're:

  •  A buyer from a multiple retailer who's looking to benefit from the lead-times that can be achieved by sourcing product closer to home
  •  A production or sourcing manager working with high end designers who knows that some of the highest quality production can be found in the UK
  •  An international store buyer wishing to take advantage of the current exchange rates to stock their stores with unique British-made brands
  •  A service provider seeking to network with some of the best UK manufacturing firms
  •  A designer who loves to be inspired by stories from other brands that are successfully making in Britain 
  •  A journalist looking for the most up-to-date news on the UK manufacturing industry
  •  An entrepreneur with a fantastic business idea looking for more information on getting a UK-made product to market
  •  A manufacturer wanting to network with other firms just like you

If you see yourself in this list, then you need to be at Meet the Manufacturer 2017!

Here's what some of the visitors in 2016 had to say about the show...


"Another fantastic Meet the Manufacturer event. Great to be around so many exciting British manufacturers and brands! "

- Ian Holdcroft, Director, Shackleton Clothing

Simon Platts

"As the customer demands more product, and more flexibility on when they get that product closer to home sourcing is critical"

- Simon Platts, Sourcing Director, ASOS

Nayna Macintosh

"Came away from MTM2016 feeling inspired to make it British!"

- Nayna McIntosh, Founder, Hope Fashion

Jane Wach, head of supply chain, oasis

"Last year's conference was really good but this year's was even better!"

- Jane Wach, Head of Supply Chain, Oasis

Eric Musgrave

"Well done to Kate Hills at MakeItBritish for two excellent days at Meet The Manufacturer. Congrats!"

- Eric Musgrave, Journalist

Marks and spencer

"A great opportunity to network with people from different parts of the industry"

- Simon Colbeck, Head of Innovation & Quality, M&S

North Clothing

"Day one at Meet the Manufacturer - fab progress with knitwear partners. Labelling and grading sorted. Great British suppliers here. Day two calling!"

- Laura Crabb, Founder, North Clothing

Genevieve Sweeney

"Great to visit Meet the Manufacturer. Made some fantastic contacts and excited to start working together #madeinbritain!"

- Genevieve Sweeney, Founder, Genevieve Sweeney

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