After its huge success last year, Meet the Manufacturer has relocated to a new, much more spacious venue, and has added several exciting new areas

The event will have plenty going on for every visitor over the two days on 3-4 June. Whether you are looking for manufacturers to make your products, seeking answers to your questions about sourcing in the UK, wanting to network with your peers in the industry, or hoping to find out more about apprenticeships, Meet the Manufacturer has everything you need to successfully manufacture in the UK.

Below is an overview of the different features taking place at the event so you can make the most of your visit.

*These sessions are by invitation only



    Our 2-day conference programme will shed a positive light on the how, why and where of manufacturing fashion & textiles in the UK. Hear from inspiring speakers that are leading the way in UK textiles and learn the best ways to make British manufacturing work for your business


    10AM – 6PM DAY ONE & 10AM – 5.00PM DAY TWO

    The exhibition hall will showcase some of the best British manufacturers – knitters, weavers, tanneries, leathergoods  makers, CMT units and suppliers to the fashion and textile industry. If your business wants to make fashion and textile products in the UK then this event is the place to come to find your new manufacturing partners

  • *MEET THE BUYER in association with UKFT

    3PM – 5PM DAY ONE

    This year we’ve introduced a ‘Meet the Buyer’ session in conjunction with the UKFT, giving retailers an exclusive opportunity to meet with a select number of exhibitors, away from the hustle and bustle of the trade show over afternoon tea.  You will have the opportunity to host a table and meet with a number of different manufacturers over the course of an hour.

  • MEET THE TRAINER in association with Creative Skillset

    We have teamed up with Creative Skillset to bring you Meet the Trainer, a one-stop-shop for all you need to know about training, apprenticeships and work-based learning for manufacturers, retailers, brands and all other related businesses within the fashion & textiles sector. We will have a special regional focus with trainers and creative skillset experts representing the main UK regions, available to speak with you at different times over the two days.

    For more details visit our Meet the Trainer page.


    6PM – 10PM DAY ONE

    There will be loads of opportunities for delegates, exhibitors and speakers to  network at our VIP party on the Wednesday night.

UK manufacturer trade show