MEET THE MANUFACTURER PARTNERS WITH LEICESTERSHIRE TEXTILES HUB FOR JUNE EVENT
We’re very excited to announce that we have formed a partnership with the Leicestershire Textiles Hub for this year’s Meet the Manufacturer event, to help drive awareness of the work that the Hub is doing to support the Leicester region’s textile manufacturers.
The collaboration will include a jointly hosted fashion show at our event on the 3rd June, which will be styled by Top TV fashion and celebrity stylist, Zoe Lem, who is from Leicestershire herself. The catwalk show will feature a selection of clothing and accessories made in the county, to showcase the best of Leicestershire manufacturing.
Make it British and Meet the Manufacturer are proud to be working with the Leicestershire Textiles Hub as we feel that their philosophy very much mirrors our own – to reinvigorate the UK textiles industry and provide information, inspiration and innovation around British manufacturing. As the trend of re-shoring gains momentum, we’re confident that this fashion show will bring to life the quality and diversity of manufacturing in Leicestershire and prove an informative experience for the buyers and designers that will be invited to attend.
Since its launch in September 2014, the Leicestershire Textiles Hub has been offering useful and practical support and information to textile manufacturers in the area to help their businesses to flourish. Abdul Bathin, Leicestershire Textiles Hub’s programme manager, explains: “The Leicestershire region has always been a traditional centre for knitwear, hosiery and footwear – much of the infrastructure is still there and now is the time to write the next chapter in the history of Leicestershire textiles and inspire a new generation to take the county to where it belongs. Leicestershire is an important UK manufacturing centre and the textiles industry is showing encouraging signs of growth, but it’s not without its challenges. This is a great opportunity to showcase the manufacturing capabilities in the region to key buyers and designers from all over the UK.”
According to the ONS business register and employment survey 2013, Leicester and Leicestershire has one of the highest levels of textiles employment in the UK with over 10,000 people involved in textile manufacturing and more than 400 companies responsible for 20% of the UK’s clothing manufacturing.
Bhavik Master of Jack Masters, a family-run knitwear manufacturer based in Leicestershire who were one of our exhibitors last year and will be returning to this year’s event, says of the partnership: “The central London location of ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ is fantastic, giving manufacturers the exposure to meet with all the key buyers. It’s a chance to network with other manufacturers too, to form collaborations and leverage different business opportunities that you wouldn’t otherwise have. As a result of attending last year’s event we’ve opened some new wholesale accounts and business is growing. We’re big supporters of the new Leicestershire Textiles Hub too. It’s good for the local industry because we’ve got common goals with lots of businesses in similar situations. Hopefully the outcome will be a stronger collaborative offering from Leicestershire.”