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