SEMINARS PROGRAMME 2017

The theme of this year’s talks is ‘partnerships, production and provenance’ in UK manufacturing.

The seminar’s at Meet the Manufacturer are an unmissable part of the event.

Our FREE, drop-in talks provide you with the knowledge and tools required to successfully manufacture, promote and sell a brand that is made in the UK.

Hear from an exciting line-up of speakers in manufacturing who will provide you with inspiration, advice and real-life experiences.

DAY ONE – Wednesday 24 May 2017

Seminar programme includes:

10am How does provenance engage the consumer from a national and global perspective?
Joan Johnson, Director, Bespoke Fabrics

11am Factory of the Future – Are you ready for industry 4.0?
Nick Sweeting, Technical Manager – Cutting Room, Lectra
Matthieu Griziaux, Fashion Business Developer, Lectra

12pm Designing the skills agenda for manufacturing in post-Brexit Britain
Christopher Nieper, Managing Director, David Nieper

1pm A hard lesson learnt
Aman Singh, TS Knitwear

2pm How to make a million with an idea and an old sewing machine
Kate & Graham Holbrook, Directors, Turtle Doves

3pm Heritage meets Innovation
Simon Cotton, Chief Executive, Johnston’s of Elgin
Hal Watts, CEO, Unmade

4pm Panel: British wool, from fleece to finished product
Chaired by Bridgette Kelly, British Wool Marketing Board
Lorna Haigh, Alternative Flooring
Alan Thornber, Laxtons
Amanda & Eifion Griffiths, Melin Tregwynt

DAY TWO – Thursday 25 May 2017

Seminar programme includes:

10am Intellectual property in the fashion and textile industry
Deborah Maxwell, Associate Patent Attorney, Potter Clarkson

11am Cordwainers and Curriers; Innovation and Evolution in British Fashion
Patrick Grant, Director, Norton & Sons, E.Tautz, Hammond & Co, Cookson & Clegg and Community Clothing

12pm Partners in Production – how to find the right manufacturer for your brand. Panel Discussion with:
Chaired by Kate Hills, Make it British
Simon Platts, ASOS
David Trotter, Muggi
Sunny Patel, Meesha Group

1pm Why all British brands need a  clear vision of the future to succeed
Charlotte Meek, Founder, The Stitch Society

2pm Building a great partnership with your manufacturer
Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell, founders, Wallace Sewell

3pm Look at the world through the eyes of your customer
Jamie Bourne, Head of Business Development, Purpose Media