England will host ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ conference from June 3 to 4, 2015. This is a trade show to promote UK fashion and textile manufacturing. It will showcase more than 100 manufacturers and suppliers to the UK clothing and textiles industries. Confirmed exhibitors for the trade show include textile technology giants Toray and flatbed knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki.
In addition, the conference is hosting a fashion show in partnership with the Leicestershire Textiles Hub, which will aim to drive awareness of the work that the hub is doing to support the Leicestershire region’s textile and leather goods manufacturers.
The conference is organised by campaigning organisation Make it British and will have 24 leading industry figures who will be speaking over two days, trying to motivate bigger brands and retailers who are aiming to re-shore back to the UK, as well as smaller companies looking to launch and build great British brands.
Representatives from Marks & Spencer, Fashion Revolution, and the British Fashion Council are set to speak. There will be presentations from the likes of Simon Colbeck, head of innovation and quality at M&S, Orsola de Castro, co-founder at Fashion Revolution, Caroline Rush of the British Fashion Council, and Becky John, managing director at Who Made Your Pants?.