For the first time in 2016 Meet the Manufacturer will host drop in workshops to help you gain practical insight into manufacturing in the UK. These free sessions will provide the perfect opportunity for you to explore all aspects of the industry from specialists in their fields.

The workshops will run in the afternoons on both event days and are free to attend, but we do advise pre-booking a place when you register as they are sure to be very popular.

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2:30pm - Navigating the minefield of ethical audits

DAVID CROFT, Social Compliance Manager, BUREAU VERITAS

This workshop will uncover the most common issues found during factory ethical audits at garment sites in the UK to highlight the systems and processes which need to be in place to achieve social compliance. Plus, guidance on how to manage the multiple types of ethical audits requested by customers.
David Croft is Inspections, Audits & Assessments Manager (EMEA) at Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services. David has 15 years of expertise in managing Inspections and Audits in Europe, Africa and Middle East. During this time he has been working closely with major brands, industry associations, retailers and suppliers to help them develop and improve their ethical and quality assurance programmes. He has a solid experience of working with the various members of the supply chain, including factories, processors, farms and also NGOs.

3:30pm - Developing a brand in 10 easy steps


A step-by-step guide on how to launch a brand – the pitfalls, potential funding available and the importance of knowing your target audience. This workshop will cover all the issues from finding a manufacturer, what you need to think about when setting pricing and planning a range, and the importance of branding.

John Saunders joined the BFA in 2013 as Sales and Marketing Director and comes from an impressive background in the footwear sector with experience of managing international businesses He has been Chief Executive of the BFA since November 2014

4:15pm - How to successfully work with UK manufacturers

DALIAH SIMBLE, Daliah Simble Fashion Consultancy

Aimed at designers and brands that want to learn more about the fashion production process, this workshop will talk you through how to engage with suppliers, plan your collection and ensure that production with UK factories runs smoothly. Plus, top tips on developing a critical path.

Daliah Simble is an Industry Consultant and has over 20 years experience in strategy and process implementation of the entire fashion product life cycle management sector from design concept through to delivery and is an expert in re-shoring. Previous roles include Head of Sourcing & Production at Roland Mouret, Consultant Director of Production and Sourcing at Liberty, Production and Development manager at Frost French, Merchandise Manager at French Connection, Head Merchandiser at Nicole Farhi, and Production Manager at Monsoon.


2:15pm - Behind the seams - Fashion Technology Academy

Jenny Holloway, CEO, FASHION ENTER

The Fashion Technology Academy is the only training provision in Europe that offers accredited qualifications in a real live factory environment. The Factory of Fashion Enter Ltd makes 7500 garments a week for clients such as M and S,, Finery and many smaller brands.

CEO Jenny Holloway will explain about the valuable work that the FTA does and the wide cross section of qualifications that are available within the Academy covering subjects such as Industrial Perfect Patterns, stitching skills, quality control, CAD CAM, fabric cutting, machine maintenance and many more.

A great workshop for anyone wishing to know more about fashion production, as well as for businesses looking for advice on training up the future generation of skilled textile workers.

Jenny Holloway Fashion Enter

3:00pm - Finding the right leather for your business

Malcolm Proops, Managing Director, Walter Reginald

Walter Reginald have been supplying leather to the interiors, garment and accessory industry for over 70 years. In this seminar, Malcolm will talk about all of the different types of leather available and how to choose the best one for the products that you are making. A great hands-on workshop for those looking to work with leather for any type of project.

Malcolm Proops has been working in the leather industry for over 30 years and has a wealth of experience in this market. Walter Reginald sells leather to customers all over the world from its base in East London.

3:45pm - Taking your British brand overseas

Paul Alger, Director of International Affairs, UK Fashion & Textile Association

An informative workshop on the business of exporting fashion and accessories made in the UK. It will look at the importance of authenticity and provenance for the ‘Made in UK’ label to overseas buyers and consumers. Plus, guidance on which markets are particularly interested in the ‘Made in UK’ story.

Paul Alger is Director of International Business Development at UKFT and has worked in the industry for over 26 years, originally starting his working life in the food import and marketing industry.
He is a graduate in Modern Languages, Politics and Economics and speaks ten languages!
He has worked with UK designers and manufacturers in the fashion and textile industry, offering business advice and support, particularly relating to international trade and trade shows, for many years. He is experienced in the established markets of Europe and the USA but also has extensive experience and contacts in Japan, Russia and China.


Places on the FREE workshops are limited so we advise that you pre-book to avoid disappointment

Please note that re-registering for a workshop is no guarantee of a place. Seats will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to those that have pre-booked. Drop-in tickets will be available on the day for those that have not pre-registered provided there are places available.