DAY ONE – 25th May 2016

Heritage versus Innovation is the theme for the opening day of our conference in 2016. The rapid pace of change is driving even the most traditional brands to reconsider the need for an innovation strategy. We will be exploring some of the innovations that will have an effect on the UK textile industry and how they will change the shape of our business in the future.

The morning includes an inspiring line-up of innovators in manufacturing and fashion brands, providing advice and real-life experiences.

  • 9:30 Kate Hills
    Founder & CEO, Make it British
    ‘Five Years On’

    Kate will be talking about the changes that she’s seen in UK manufacturing in the five years since she set up Make it British.

  • 9:50 Panel Discussion
    ‘Heritage versus Innovation’

    Chair:
    PETER MARSH
    ex-FT journalist and author of ‘The New Industrial Revolution’

    Panellists:
    IAN MACLEAN
    Managing Director, John Smedley

    GUY HILLS
    Owner, Dashing Tweeds

    TIM WALKER
    Consultant, Walsh Footwear

    Peter Marsh will be questioning the panel to find out how do both heritage and innovation play a part in making British-made brands relevant for today’s market, both at home and abroad.

  • 10:40 Hal Watts
    CEO, Unmade
    ‘Bringing mass-customisation to the UK knitwear industry’

    Unmade is a startup democratising fashion design and manufacture using digital technology. Hear about how they have developed the first on-demand knitwear platform using their own patent pending technology.

  • 11:05 – COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:30 - PETER NEEDLE
    CEO & Co-founder, Segura
    ‘Mapping the supply chain’

    How can you be sure that a product is definitely made in Britain? Peter Needle will explain how the Segura software will help businesses sourcing locally to have complete transparency of their supply chain.

  • 12:00 - Brendan McCormack
    Managing Director, English Fine Cottons
    Re-Establishing Cotton Spinning in Cottonopolis – “Now That’s a Yarn”

    Why a UK company making automotive insulations has made the investment to spin cotton again in the UK.  What was the incentive? How have they done it? What made it possible? Will it succeed?

  • 12:30 - Innovation Accelerator
    Find out which innovative businesses made it through to the finals of our Innovation Accelerator Award. Each firm will have just 5 minutes to impress our panel of experts with their UK manufacturing business and will then receive feedback from the panel and audience. Who will win?

    Chair:
    ADAM MANSELL
    CEO, UKFT

    Panellists:
    SIMON COLBECK
    Head of Innovation & Quality, M&S

    BILL MACBETH
    Owner, Textile Centre of Excellence

    EMMA WILLIS MBE
    Founder, Emma Willis

DAY TWO – 26th May 2016

Designing the future of UK manufacturing‘ will be our topic for day two.
In this new era of opportunity and challenge we will be celebrating the designers and makers who are changing the landscape of UK manufacturing. The MTM conference will bring together some of the top names in the industry to determine what defines a British-designed and British-made product and explore how brands are collaborating with factories or even setting up their own.

  • 9:30 Kate Hills
    Founder & CEO, Make it British
    ‘Introduction’
  • 9:35 Rosie Wolfenden MBE
    MD & co-founder, Tatty Devine
    ‘The Making of Tatty Devine’

    Rosie will explain why she runs Tatty Devine according to a strong set of values: manufacturing in Britain, the importance of originality, and promoting women.

  • 10:05 Panel Discussion
    ‘Me & My Manufacturer’

    Chair:
    PETE SCHONBECK
    Consultant, Produktschon Consulting & London Small Business Centre

    Panellists:
    NICK ASHLEY
    Designer, Private White V.C.

    MIKE STOLL
    Managing Director, Cooper & Stollbrand

    SARAH WATKINSON-YULL
    Creative Director, Yull Shoes

    JACK SAVVA
    Director, Staffa Shoes

    Behind ever great brand there’s a factory hard at work making it happen. Pete Schonbeck will explore how a successful partnership with your manufacturer can be the building of a great brand as he interviews two creatives and the people that run the factories  making their products.

  • 10:50 - Nayna Mcintosh
    Founder, Hope
  • 11:15 – COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:40 - Scott Ogden & Kelly Dawson
    Co-Founders, Dawson Denim

    ‘Dawson Denim – British Made workwear’

    Making all of their brand in their own workshop on the South Coast of England, Scott and Kelly will talk about how setting up your own factory could be the solution for start-up brands wanting to manufacture in the UK.

  • 12:05 - Katya Wildman
    Founder, Bombshell

    Katya will be talking about why she brought the production of her iconic bombshell dresses back to the UK, and of the benefits that the brand has reaped since being Made in Britain.

  • 12:30 - Designer’s Den
    Four British-made businesses will have 5 minutes each to pitch their ideas to our panel of experts live at the conference. The winner, chosen by the panel and audience, will take away £1,000 to spend on developing their product in the UK

    Chair:
    KATE HILLS
    Founder & CEO, Make it British

    Panellists:
    TAMSIN LEJEUNE
    CEO, The Ethical Fashion Forum & mysource

    JENNI ARKSEY
    Managing Director, Goose Design

    MUSTAFA FUAT
    Director, Gosha London

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