Meet the Manufacturer is delighted to be partnering with Elite Labels as headline sponsor to Meet the Manufacturer 2017.

Established in 1986 as a printed textile label manufacturer, Elite Labels Ltd has grown to become a leading supplier in the label market. Their clients include the most prestigious names in fashion, much loved high street retailers, the character license industries and edgier brands looking to enhance their credibility with a niche audience.

Working closely with their customers, developing and innovating, they are fully equipped to meet the demands of ever-changing trends in labelling concepts. Elite Labels manufacture all types of labels through to retail packaging. Whatever you need to label your garment with, they have it all.

Whether you are a small manufacturer or a group servicing large retail markets, their in-house design and production approach offers an integrated, one-stop service for all your label requirements. They are confident that they will be able to meet all your needs, giving you the very best in personal service and finished product at a highly competitive rate.

Their customers trust their guarantee of quality, value, personal service and rapid turnaround. More than that, they rely on them to develop and innovate to meet the ever changing trends in label concepts to enhance their products, communicate their brand values and stay ahead of the competition.

From artwork requests to the final product, in an era where presentation is the key element, image promotion simply has to be perfect! Elite Labels are here to ensure that your brand stands out from the rest.

To find out more about their services visit

www.elitelabels.co.uk or telephone Saf on 0116 251 2634



AE Sewing Machines are one of the largest UK suppliers for industrial textile equipment, accessories and spare parts. Their range includes Cutting, Sewing and Pressing Equipment. AE Sewing Machines supply many popular brands such as Brother, Durkopp Adler, Global, iSew, Juki, Pfaff, Siruba and Yamato.

They hold a vast range of both new and used industrial sewing machines in their warehouse in Wrexham, where they also house a showroom with a variety of sewing and textile equipment that customers can try. AE Sewing have professional and experienced engineers available to service and support all brands of equipment and with over 125 years combined experience available in the industry – there is no aspect of your textile machinery needs that they cannot cover.

AE Sewing Machines are a family run business who thrive off what they do and work extremely hard to make sure that they maintain a high standard throughout.

You can see their machines in action in the Sewing Studio at Meet the Manufacturer.




Make it British is the premier site on the web for anyone that wants to support British craftsmanship and local manufacturing.

Founded in April 2011 by Kate Hills as a way of supporting British brands that manufacture their products in the UK, the site originally started as a blog but has now grown to include a British brands directory as well as features on British craftsmanship and a resource for designers wanting to find manufacturers to make their products.

Through Make it British Kate helps facilitate connections between designers/brands and UK manufacturers using a database of hundreds of British factories, predominantly in the clothing and textiles sector. Clients have included start-ups, established designers that show at London Fashion Week, as well as retailers with outlets on the British high street.

To find out more about becoming a member of Make it British please call Lauren on 01372 610808



Purpose Media is a full-service marketing agency with specialisms in all aspects of digital and traditional marketing. It looks at marketing though the eyes of your customers. This means your business can deliver a targeted message to the correct audience, ensuring a memorable customer experience.

Purpose Media’s specialisms include: Ecommerce, website design, digital marketing, video production, content, branding an PR.

Purpose Media are our digital sponsors for Meet the Manufacturer 2017 and will be filming the show and talks. We look forward to seeing the results!



The UK Fashion & Textile Association is the most inclusive British network for fashion and textile companies. UKFT brings together designers, manufacturers, agents and retailers to promote their businesses and our industry throughout the UK and internationally. As the umbrella body that represents 17 Federated Association Members and commenting on all issues relating to the UK fashion and textile industry, UKFT represents over 2,500 companies throughout the UK.

UKFT provides help and support to companies, with membership categories that include fashion, textiles, associate, federated and retail partners. They are proud of their members and the wide diversity of companies who are part of our association include John Smedley, Emma J Shipley, Allied Textiles, Margaret Howell, Panache Lingerie, Samuel Brothers, Barbour, Marks and Spencer and Ted Baker.

UKFT provide on going support to businesses on a one to one basis, as well as providing a central meeting place for members to meet and develop their networks through an extensive annual programme of events and seminars. Their practical seminars are delivered by key professional experts, that cover all areas relating to growing and running your business.

UKFT continuously work with their associate members and suppliers to obtain preferential rates for their members and this includes legal advice, insurance, currency exchange, logistics and wholesale software solutions. Other savings for their members includes membership plus which includes the care labelling licence, as well as cheap energy deals and an event space for hire in their central London office Bloomsbury.

UKFT’s president is HRH The Princess Royal.

The UKFT are sponsoring the evening reception for exhibitors and their guests at Meet the Manufacturer 2017.



British Wool is a farmer-run organisation that collects, grades, sells and promotes UK fleece wool. British Wool was established in 1950 with the aim of achieving the best possible net return for its producers.

British Wool will be on hand in the brand new for 2017  Wool Room, to offer advice on the amazing properties and endless uses for wool.




FashionCapital.co.uk is the UK’s leading portal for the fashion industry. Launched in 2001 , it supports the fashion industry as a one-stop online resource with a dedicated team of journalists, mentors and industry experts to ensure users receive a unique and comprehensive insight into the world of fashion, manufacturing and business. As a staunch supporter of the ‘Made in Britain’ campaign FashionCapital.co.uk empowers individuals to get ahead in their fashion career.